Bonamici Touts Historic Investments in Child Care, Education, Job Training
WASHINGTON – Reps. Bonamici, Grijalva, and Leger Fernández, members of the House Committee on Education and Labor, touted investments in child care, education, job training, and child nutrition advanced through the Committee’s section of the Build Back Better Act. The historic investments will lower costs for families, secure good-paying jobs for American workers, and set a strong foundation of America’s children.
“The Build Back Better Act is a once-in-a-generation investment in the foundations of middle-class prosperity: education, child care, and more,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “This lifechanging legislation will support children throughout their lives, and create better opportunities for workers. I am thrilled that the Build Back Better Act passed the Education and Labor Committee, and will continue advocating for it to become law. It will help to our constituents – here in Oregon and across the county – achieve a brighter, more equitable future,” said Rep. Bonamici.
“Our schools and communities have suffered greatly in the past 18 months: missed education, economic hardship and constant health threats. The Build Back Better Act is a significant down payment and long overdue investment in America’s families, children and the future. This package represents our comprehensive vision to improve and create conditions for a fairer, more accessible economy in Arizona and across the nation,” said Rep. Grijalva.
“My Democratic colleagues and I secured the single largest investment in family child care in our nation’s history as well as universal pre-K. When our children are cared for, more women can return to the workforce or to school,” said Leger Fernández. “We are investing in the repair and construction of dilapidated schools, and modernizing others. We are investing in our Tribal Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This budget sets a strong foundation for our families and workers. I look forward to passing this transformative bill through the House to empower every community across the country. These are the investments they need to thrive - they deserve nothing less.”
The investments advanced through the Committee last week will:
- Lower the cost of child care and secure universal pre-K for three- and four-year-olds,
- Lower the cost of higher education by funding two years of tuition-free community college and increasing the value Pell Grants,
- Strengthen our public schools by helping school districts repair, modernize, or rebuild crumbling and outdated school buildings,
- Help workers secure good-paying jobs by expanding job training programs, and
- Help prevent child hunger by expanding our most effective child nutrition programs.
For a summary on the Committee on Education and Labor’s portion of the Build Back Better Act, click here.