Build Back Better Act passes House, heads for Senate

The Build Back Better Act passed the House 220-211 on Friday. As NEA said in a letter urging representatives to VOTE YES on the bill, “America is at a historic juncture. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity—a chance for meaningful action on long-ignored challenges—giving all children a strong start in early education, making child care more affordable, expanding affordable health care coverage, and more.”

“No matter what we look like or where we’re from, everyone deserves a shot at the American dream. But for too many working families, the American dream just gets farther and farther away from them,” NEA President Becky Pringle said in a statement in which educators shared in their own words what the Build Back Better Act could mean for early childhood education, healthy school meals, paid family leave, addressing the chronic educator shortage, and securing protections for immigrants.

The House-passed bill includes universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds; takes important steps to make child care and college more affordable; expands access to free school meals; extends the child tax credit that has cut child poverty in half; and provides more resources for educator recruitment and retention, HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions, and the E-Rate program. It would also make the single largest investment in affordable housing in U.S. history; increase access to affordable health coverage; and provide temporary protection and employment authorization for an estimated 7 million undocumented immigrants.

The bill now goes to the Senate. The sooner the Senate acts, the sooner this landmark legislation can bring benefits to our students, educators, families, and communities.

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27 responses to “Build Back Better Act passes House, heads for Senate

  1. I haven’t studied it extensively, and it’s probably hundreds if not thousands of pages long. But from what I know, the BBB Act is a good deal. My main objection is the $30 billion, or so, in nuclear power subsidies. Dangerously age-degraded nuke power plants will have their licenses extended for 20, 30 years. Also, the billions in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry is not addressed in the bill.

    1. I agree with Mr. Ratcliff. It seems these power plants are simply being continued, regardless of their degradation, because no one on earth has figured out in these last 60 years the solution to the spent rods storage. This makes nuclear power untenable. And fossil fuels are killing us. WTF?

  2. Once again throwing seniors under the buss by doing away with the proposal to add vision and dental coverage to Medicare. Been wearing glasses since I was 10 unlike many seniors who haven’t started needing glasses until you approch your 60’s

  3. We need legislators who are determined and skilled in getting things done amid all the struggles and challenges. I pray each day that you are blessed with wisdom and courage.

  4. To Sens. Manchin and Sinema: Stop pandering to the rich and the corporations. To the Republican Senators: Stop opposing the Build Back Better because of cost. Most of it is paid for. Besides, you sure as hell didn’t oppose Trump’s trillion-dollar tax hikes that benefitted only the top 1% in this country. Stop your Republican hypocrisy and start thinking about how this legislation will benefit the people in the respective states that you represent.

  5. This proposal started out with $600 B/year for 10 years. It was then pared down to $350 B for the same period. It’s now about $200 B/year, or roughly 1/3 of what is really needed; in short, it’s already a Republican “compromise.”
    Put in perspective, our war, I mean “defense” (against what countries that are attacking us? I seem to have missed that…) spending is about $750 B/year, or $7.5 Trillion for 10 years. That’s one program, the bulk of which goes to military contractors. And in the 2017 “budget,” it was increased to that amount by adding $160 B that the Pentagon didn’t even ask for, over a 20% increase.
    Again, put in perspective, the $200 B/year increase (fully funded by increasing enforcement on tax cheats, by the way) is about a 12.5% increase on our $1.6 T/year budget. And this is for dozens of programs. And it won’t balloon the National Debt the way the 2017 $2 Trillion (also over 10 years) welfare tax give-away to the richest couple per cent did. While it won’t quite bring us up to 21st century societal standards of Europe, for example, but it will go at least a long way towards that goal. This is an absolute minimum of what needs to be passed.

    1. Thank you for the clarification! The military budget has been bleeding taxpayers for too long which is why these important social programs like education have been neglected for years! It is time to invest our money in people, not the endless war machine! We are losing the competitive edge in the world’s economy and future.

      1. Yes, the Military budget has been bleeding taxpayer’s & diverting billions from education, etc. But what tiny fractiuon of a sliver of this money actually goes to helping vets & homeless vets? Mere pennies. There should be a much larger % going to help those who actually, truly need it.
        Are we now going to head for the Ukranian border with Russia?
        Maybe we all need to read our kids Cat Steven’s new children’s book, Peace Train.It’s a bit more palatable than looming war on the news.

      2. Well said! Americans are being ground down by the welfare state of the military-industrial complex. This year, the military budget includes $55 billion for the F-35 program, a boon-doggle with so many problems that Google chose not to list them all, but did include that at one point a pilot lost consciousness during a test flight. The budget also includes over $20 billion for that Trump program that we all laughed at – the Space Force…but now it’s embedded as a line item. 500,000+ Americans are homeless and hungry in the U.S., and yet we’re still paying for this bloated military, which a President used to attack Iraq so American companies could get their hands on its oil. Shameful.

  6. We must do something to save our nation. The rich have gotten off from paying their fair share of taxes for many many years. It’s time for them to step up to help America.

  7. My fella has disabilities that he requires therapy for and year after year the DOE has not fulfilled his needs that he is lawfully entitled to on his IEP.
    I am watching him and his peers slip between the cracks and I am overwhelmed with the red tape I must slog through with no positive outcome. Children with disabilities and their families need immediate services and respite. I cannot afford a lawyer to represent us and I have never felt more defeated and exhausted fighting for him, yet everyday I do. Most times with out an outcome.

  8. Who could have a problem with any of these goals? Pay for them? How about rescinding the obscene tax cuts the Trumpists gave the wealthy and corporations? Let’s help out the American people for a change.

  9. We must narrow the gap of wealth and standard of living in this country, way too many Americans are left behind in an endless generational struggle of poverty.

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