Bustos Helps Pass Build Back Better Act

Bustos: “More than a bill – it is an investment in American families”

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to pass the Build Back Better Act, a generational package to help working families and the middle class

In the wake of the pandemic, skyrocketing costs of child care, health care, home- and community-based care, early and higher education, housing and more, are hurting working families across Illinois and around the nation. The Build Back Better Act delivers transformational investments that will address these needs. 

“The Build Back Better Act is more than a bill – it is an investment in American families. This legacy legislation will create millions of jobs for working- and middle-class Americans while building a foundation for families to be successful. The package prioritizes child and elder care, education, families, workforce development, affordable housing and so much more – and our nation will enjoy the dividends for years to come,” said Congresswoman Bustos.

“The middle class has long been the backbone of our country and communities and it’s time for us to build an economy that works for them. Today, we took the next step in delivering on that promise by passing the Build Back Better Act.”

The Build Back Better Act will sharply cut child poverty, reduce child care and health care expenses by thousands of dollars a year for many families, enroll more children in pre-K, provide more people with health insurance, finance the building of one million affordable housing units and slow climate change by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

Led by President Biden, the Build Back Better Act will impact nearly every family in Illinois: delivering historic investments and ensuring that everyone can share in the benefits of a growing economy both now and for generations to come.

  • Child care: The average annual cost for child care in Illinois is $9,876. The Build Back Better Act will expand access for 755,080 young Illinoisans and ensure that no Illinois family pays more than seven percent of their income on child care.
  • Early education: Only 20 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds in Illinois have access to publicly funded pre-K, while the average cost of private pre-K in the state is $8,600. The Build Back Better Act will expand access to free, high-quality pre-K to 254,440 young Illinoisans – setting these children up for lifelong success and saving their parents thousands of dollars.
  • Health care: By closing the Medicaid gap, expanding Medicare to include hearing care and extending relief for insurance purchased through the ACA, the Build Back Better Act will help 136,000 gain coverage and 150,100 families save hundreds on health costs each year – while also making home health care for elderly parents or loved ones with disabilities more affordable and accessible.
  • Lower taxes: Before the expanded Child Tax Credit was secured in the American Rescue Plan, 12 percent of Illinois children lived in poverty. The Build Back Better Act extends this life-changing tax cut and continues our historic progress toward reducing child poverty.
  • Climate impacts: Illinois has experienced 48 extreme weather events over the last decade, which has cost Illinois families more than $50 billion. By reducing carbon pollution, bolstering community resilience and strengthening the American clean energy economy, the Build Back Better Act will create good-paying union jobs, advance environmental justice and save Illinois families the steep costs of recovery.

The Build Back Better framework also makes generational investments in higher education, workforce training, affordable housing, nutrition assistance and more.