North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) Chair Bobbie Richardson released the following statement on the passage of President Biden’s Build Back Better Act in the U.S. House today:
“President Biden campaigned on the promise of listening to all sides to get results for working families in North Carolina and across the country. Today’s passage of the Build Back Better Act in the U.S. House proves he’s following through on that promise by delivering on legislation that will make historic investments in child care, home care, climate change mitigation, affordable housing, education, and health care.
“The Build Back Better Act will have transformative impacts on North Carolinians from Murphy to Manteo, putting more money in the pocketbooks of working families and investing in our economic future. By providing access to affordable child care, parents will no longer have to devote large chunks of their paychecks to provide affordable care for their children. Free, high-quality preschool will be provided to over a hundred thousand children. The bill also makes the largest investment in climate change in American history. It will do all of this without adding a penny to the deficit and making sure big corporations finally pay their fair share.
“President Biden and Democrats know that challenges facing working families today demand bold solutions. The North Carolina Democratic Party thanks Representatives Alma Adams (NC-12), G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Kathy Manning (NC-06), David Price (NC-04) and Deborah Ross (NC-02) for their leadership in passing President Biden’s Build Back Better Act and urges the U.S. Senate to follow suit to pass this transformative bill into law.”
In North Carolina, the Build Back Better Act will:
- Enable North Carolina to provide access to child care for 629,956 young children and ensure these families pay no more than 7% of their income on high-quality child care.
- Expand access to free, high-quality preschool to more than 154,103 children.
- Make the largest effort to combat climate change in American history.
- Reduce housing costs and expand housing options for 632,000 renters in North Carolina who are rent burdened.
- Expand health care coverage for 388,000 uninsured people, including the 212,000 who fell into the Medicaid coverage gap, and lower costs for 229,100 people who on average save hundreds of dollars per year.
- Provide a tax cut of up to $1,500 for 593,900 low-wage workers in North Carolina