MADISON, Wis.— Family Friendly Wisconsin released the following statement today after President Joe Biden and Congressional leadership announced the final version of his Build Back Better Act. The act includes historic investments in family friendly policies including affordable child care, free preschool, care for older Americans and people with disabilities, and an extension of the Child Tax Credit that has provided relief to millions of households.
Brita Olsen, state director of Family Friendly Wisconsin:
“Families in Wisconsin desperately need these policies and will benefit greatly from passage of the Build Back Better Act. For too long, we have failed to invest in family friendly policies, leaving working people to pick up the pieces.
“The Build Back Better Act will not cost working families – anyone earning less than $400,000 per year – a dime. It will be fully paid for by ensuring large, profitable corporations can’t zero out their tax bills, no longer rewarding corporations that shift jobs and profits overseas, asking more from millionaires and billionaires, and stopping rich Americans from cheating on their tax bills.
“Family Friendly Wisconsin is proud to support the Build Back Better Act and its historic investment in working families in Wisconsin. We call on Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson to ensure swift passage of the Build Back Better Act so that these policies can get to work for working families.”
The Build Back Better Act will be the most transformative investment in children and caregiving in generations.
Specifically, the framework will:
Provide universal and free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds, the largest expansion of universal and free education since states and communities across the country established public high school 100 years ago.
Make the largest investment in child care in the nation’s history, saving most working American families more than half of their spending on child care
Deliver affordable, high-quality care for older Americans and people with disabilities in their homes, while supporting the workers who provide this care. Provide more than 35 million households up to $3,600 (or $300 per month) in tax cuts per child by extending the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit