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November 19, 2021

Rep. Kirkpatrick Votes to Pass Historic Build Back Better Act, Lower Everyday Costs for Arizona Families

[Washington, DC] – Today, Rep. Kirkpatrick voted for the Build Back Better Act, which delivers once-in-a-generation action to bring down the everyday costs that burden Arizona families.  This landmark legislation creates good-paying jobs, cuts middle-class taxes, and lowers the costs of health care, child care, and family carefully paid for by asking the wealthiest few and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.

“This morning’s Build Back Better vote is one of my proudest votes in Congress,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “This legislation will be transformative and impact real working families in Arizona. It is a bill that exemplifies our democratic values and puts people first. I am incredibly proud of our caucus and President Biden for honoring our promises to Americans. 

“The Build Back Better Act meets the needs of Arizona families, now and for generations to come,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick.  “From prescription drugs to childcare to family care, our bill lowers the kitchen table costs that are holding back working parents – while also delivering a major middle-class tax cut and historic action on the climate crisis. I proudly voted for this landmark legislation, which will make a lasting difference for Arizona families.”

The Build Back Better Act:

  • Lowers Health Care Costs:
    • Empowers Medicare to negotiate lower drug costs for seniors and halts Big Pharma’s outrageous price hikes above inflation for all Americans.
    • Ensures Americans with diabetes don’t pay more than $35 per month for their insulin.
    • Creates a new, out-of-pocket cap of $2,000 on what seniors pay for their drugs in Medicare Part D.
    • Lowers premiums dramatically for those who buy insurance on their own through the Affordable Care Act.
    • Extends affordable coverage through the Affordable Care Act to millions of Americans in states that have refused to expand Medicaid. 
    • Expands Medicare to make hearing care more affordable for seniors.
  • Lowers Child Care & Family Care Costs: 
    • Saves most families more than half their current spending on child care, ensuring the vast majority of families will have to pay no more than 7 percent of their income for child care.
    • Expands the basic promise of free schooling in America for the first time in 100 years with universal pre-school for all 3- and 4-year olds. 
    • Establishes a universal and permanent paid family and medical leave program, providing four weeks of paid parental, family caregiving, and medical leave.
    • Gives more than 35 million families a major tax cut by extending the Biden Child Tax Credit.
    • Expands access to high-quality home care for older adults and people with disabilities.
    • Cuts the cost of postsecondary education, with such steps as increasing the maximum Pell Grant. 
    • Reduces families’ housing costs and expands housing options.
  • Makes the most consequential investment to combat the climate crisis in U.S. history: 
    • Invests $555 billion over 10 years in historic clean energy and climate investments.
    • Creates green tax credits that will save the average American family hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs. 
    • Ensures clean energy technology will be built in the United States, creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs here at home. 

“In addition to these monumental provisions, I am also incredibly proud that my bill’s language, the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, was included to help save our local newsrooms,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick.

Importantly, this legislation is fully paid-for, which will both grow the economy and fight inflation.  As seventeen Nobel Prize-winning economists recently wrote in support of this legislation: “Because this agenda invests in long-term economic capacity and will enhance the ability of more Americans to participate productively in the economy, it will ease longer-term inflationary pressures.”  In fact, according to the estimates of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the U.S. Treasury, Build Back Better even reduces the deficit by more than $100 billion over the first ten years.

“Because it is fully paid for, our Build Back Better Act will also help fight inflation as our economy recovers, empowering more parents to return to the workforce and lowering the everyday expenses that weigh heaviest on working families,” Rep. Kirkpatrick continued.  “Overall, this is one of the most historic pieces of legislation passed by the House, and I am honored to have voted for it. Now, the Senate must get to work, and we look forward to bringing it home to Arizonans.”

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