November 19, 2021

Whitehouse Cheers House Passage of Build Back Better Act

Sweeping bill to help families and address climate crisis heads to Senate

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today cheered passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the Build Back Better Act. Democrats’ signature legislation will make a historic investment in working American families and tackle the climate crisis.

“Today’s action by the House is an important milestone for Democrats’ historic Build Back Better legislation. From here, the Senate will continue to fine tune the bill in consultation with the House so that we can swiftly arrive at a final agreement that every member of our caucus supports,” said Whitehouse.

The Build Back Better Act now heads to the Senate. The legislation includes the nation’s largest-ever investment in tackling climate change and suite of programs to grow the middle class and create opportunity for working families. Major provisions include an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit; investments to make child care, education, and housing more affordable and accessible; and cost-lowering measures for prescription drugs and health care.

The legislation would be paid for by requiring large corporations and the very wealthy to pay a fairer share. No one making less than $400,000 would see a tax increase.

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