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Kaptur Statement on House Passage of Build Back Better Act

November 19, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the House passed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act. The House-passed legislation – which includes Rep. Kaptur’s Great Lakes heavy icebreaker, and the Community Restoration and Revitalization Fund modeled after her Restoring Communities Left Behind Act – now moves to the Senate for consideration.

“The Build Back Better Act is one of the most consequential pieces of legislation that has ever made its way through the halls of Congress,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Over the decades, we have watched as the rich get richer only for America’s physical and social infrastructure to suffer death by a thousand cuts. The Build Back Better Act sets America on a new course by lowering the cost of healthcare, child care, and senior care, improving education and infrastructure, and creating good-paying jobs in every sector and community in our nation. By requiring the wealthiest to pay their fair share, we will be able to properly invest in America’s children, workers, families, and seniors – all without raising taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. The Build Back Better Act will restore the Middle Class that has built up this nation, and guide America to a better future.”

The Build Back Better Acts incorporates measures championed by Rep. Kaptur, including:

  • $3 billion for the Community Restoration and Revitalization Fund modeled afterRep. Kaptur’s Restoring Communities Left Behind Act. The Community Restoration and Revitalization Fund provides homeowner rehabilitation assistance, home and community weatherization, improved housing accessibility for seniors and people with disabilities, mortgage refinancing, and property tax relief for chronically under-resourced communities like those in the Great Lakes region.

  • $350 million for a Great Lakes Heavy Icebreaker to improve the U.S. Coast Guard’s ability to ensure the safe, reliable, and efficient navigability of the more than 2,000 miles of shipping lanes throughout the Great Lakes region.

Build Back Better Act Highlights

  • Affordable healthcare for workers, families, and seniors: Dramatically lowers premiums in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace; Ensures those with diabetes pay no more than $35 per month for insulin; Creates a $2,000 out-of-pocket cap in Medicare Part D for prescription drugs; Adds hearing coverage in Medicare.

  • Affordable home care: Invests $150 billion to expand access to high-quality home care for millions of seniors and people with disabilities.

  • Paid leave: Establishes a 4-week paid parental, family caregiving, and medical leave program.

  • Universal preschool: Expands access to free, high-quality preschool for more than 6 million 3 and 4 year olds.

  • Affordable child care: Saves most families more than half their current spending on child care – ensuring the vast majority pay no more than 7 percent of their income.

  • Expanded Child Tax Credit: Cuts taxes for more than 35 million families by extending the Child Tax Credit.

  • Climate resilience: Invests $555 billion to address and combat the climate crisis through next-generation wind, solar, water, and hydrogen energy technologies, a Civilian Climate Corps, the conservation and restoration of coastal communities, home-weatherization initiatives, and the transition to low and zero-emission vehicles.

  • Higher education and workforce development: Invests $20 billion in workforce development programs; Raises the maximum Pell grant by $550 for college students.

  • Housing: Invests $151 billion to build, preserve, and improve affordable housing units for low-income households, seniors, and people with disabilities, provide rental, down payment, and first-generation homebuyer assistance.

  • Agriculture and rural communities: Invests $48 billion in agricultural research and infrastructure, urban agriculture, and rural communities’ water and energy resources to ensure the global competitiveness of America’s rural communities and agricultural sector.

More information on the Build Back Better Act can be found here. Ohio-specific facts and figures can be found here.

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For more information, contact Chris Dalton at chris.dalton@mail.house.gov or (202) 897-7438.