Dear Colleague on the Transformative Nature of Build Back Better for Jobs and Children
Dear Democratic Colleague,
On Friday, during his visit, President Biden said that our mission is about values, not numbers, and Democrats remain united in our commitment to create jobs, lower costs, deliver tax cuts and do so in a way that makes the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share. The President also indicated that we would be working with a lower topline number, and decisions must therefore be made regarding the size and scope of the reconciliation bill.
This week, as we continue to work with Committee Chairs and the Senate and White House to reach an agreement to Build Back Better, it is important to highlight and communicate to the country the transformative nature of the initiatives in the legislation.
When I’m asked what are the three main issues facing the Congress, I always say: the children, the children, the children: their health, their education, the economic security of their families, a safe clean environment in which they can thrive and a world at peace in which they can reach their fulfillment. The Build Back Better agenda relates the needs of our children to the success of job creation for a strong economy.
Jobs, children and health care: Build Back Better creates good-paying health care jobs, by lowering health care costs, strengthening the Affordable Care Act, expanding Medicaid and improving the benefits of Medicare. Doing so brings us closer to reaching universal health coverage in America, which is a moral, health and economic imperative.
Jobs, children and family care: Build Back Better For Women is transformative for families, with the Child Tax Credit, child care, home health care, paid family and medical leave, universal pre-K, workforce development and more. We must get “children learning, parents earning” in a way that is safe and that assures women that they can follow a career path, as they meet the needs of their families.
Jobs, children and climate: the health of children and creation of jobs are central to addressing the climate crisis, to lowering emissions and to advancing the clean energy economy of the future, while advancing the priority of environmental justice, educating a workforce for the future and advancing housing initiatives that are resilient and green. In terms of national security, experts including military, diplomatic and academic leaders tell us that climate is a security issue, as changes in climate cause migration and competition for habitat and resources. They also stress that the strength of America’s economy is a measure of America’s global strength.
We must save the planet for children, jobs and security. We must come to agreement on the Build Back Better Act and pass the BIF – and we will!
As discussions continue, again, we must communicate to the country the transformative nature of the initiatives in the legislation and our commitment to create jobs, lower costs, deliver tax cuts and do so in a way that makes the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share.
Thank your leadership.