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Quigley Statement on House Passage of Build Back Better Act

Nov 19, 2021
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, released a statement after voting in favor of the Build Back Better Act.

“Our country is recovering not only from a once in a century pandemic but also the worst economic downturn since the 2008 recession. In the wake of this crisis, President Biden and Congressional Democrats have been dedicated to passing transformative legislation to improve the lives of the middle class,” said Quigley. “Together with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Build Back Better Act represents the largest investment in the American people since the 1960s.”

Quigley continued, “For too long, Illinois families have struggled to make ends meet, held back by the soaring costs of childcare, health care, education, and more. Democrats’ framework seizes this once-in-a-generation moment to not only rebuild our economy, but also to build a stronger, better future. The Build Back Better Act will create millions of new jobs, lower families’ health care costs, expand access to education, give the middle class one of the largest tax cuts in history, and make a historic investment in the fight against climate change.”

Led by President Biden and Democrats in Congress, the Build Back Better framework will be transformative for nearly every Illinois family: it will deliver historic investments that meet their needs in the wake of the pandemic. It will ensure that all can share in the benefits of a growing economy now, and for generations to come.

Specifically, the Build Back Better Act will:

  • Lower childcare and family costs: investing $400 billion in childcare subsidies; providing four weeks of paid family and medical leave for all workers; extending the landmark Child Tax Credit; expanding access to home care; and making the single largest and most comprehensive investment in affordable housing in our history.
  • Support seniors and children: expanding free schooling in America for the first time in 100 years with universal pre-school for all 3- and 4-year-olds; expanding our home health care workforce for seniors and people with disabilities; giving seniors access to affordable hearing care, including hearing aids; and capping drug costs for seniors.
  • Lower health care costs: halting outrageous drug price hikes; closing the Medicaid gap and placing health care within reach for the two million Americans who were previously left behind; and expanding the ACA to make coverage more affordable.
  • Make the largest investment to combat the climate crisis in our history: investing over $300 billion in expanded tax credits for clean, low-carbon, renewable energy; providing over one hundred billion dollars in investments in resilience and climate adaption; and creating a Civilian Climate Corps to engage millions of people in the effort to save the planet.

“While the process to get here may have seemed messy, the lengthy compromise period led to the strongest possible legislation, which I am proud of and strongly support,” Quigley concluded.