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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Votes In Favor Of Transformational Build Back Better Act

November 19, 2021
Press Release
The historic legislation will create jobs, cut taxes, and reduce the growing cost of living for American families

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi voted in favor of the Build Back Better Act, once-in-a-generation legislation specifically focused on growing the economy, combatting climate change, and reducing the everyday costs faced by working families, including health care and child care. The budget package includes provisions championed by Congressman Krishnamoorthi such as expanded funding for workforce development, robust reforms to our high-skilled immigration system, expanded incentives for manufacturing solar technology, the first federal taxes on vaping devices, and funding to increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines .

“Our constituents elected us to help improve their lives and the Build Back Better Act is entirely focused on that mission,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “In writing this legislation, we specifically targeted the biggest challenges facing American families as we recover from the pandemic, combat inflation, and turn to the opportunities ahead. This bill will cut child care expenses in half for the majority of families, which will not only reduce that financial burden but also allow many Americans who left the workforce during the pandemic to return to work. To combat climate change, we have included the largest investments in clean energy and green technology in American history, creating jobs while we cut emissions. Finally, we increased access to quality, affordable health care and prescription drugs by lowering Affordable Care Act premiums, closing the Medicaid coverage gap, capping insulin prices and out-of-pocket costs for seniors, and requiring Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.”

“I hope the Senate soon passes the Build Back Better Act to send it to President Biden’s desk so that Americans can begin to see the benefits this legislation brings to our country.”

A tireless advocate for job training programs and career and technical education (CTE) throughout his time in Congress, Congressman Krishnamoorthi spearheaded the inclusion of nearly $40 billion for workforce development programs in the Build Back Better Act. The Build Back Better Act includes $15 billion for existing workforce development programs, including CTE, dislocated workers programs for workers in declining industries, adult employment services, and apprenticeships, as well as an additional $4.6 billion for industry and sector partnership grants. The bill also includes nearly $20 billion for workforce programs specifically focused on addressing the impacts of climate change to help meet the changing workforce demands of our warming world.

The Build Back Better Act also includes reforms to our high-skilled immigration system championed by Congressman Krishnamoorthi who co-chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Immigration Task Force. The budget package would bring relief to over one million high-skilled workers stuck in the employment-based green card backlog by recapturing family-sponsored and employment-based green cards unused since 1992, allowing individuals with approved immigrant petitions to file for adjustment of status early upon payment of a fee, and exempting family-sponsored and employment-based applicants from numerical limits on visas for an additional fee. 

Congressman Krishnamoorthi is also a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Solar Caucus and a cosponsor of the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, which is included among the Build Back Better Act’s substantial provisions to fight climate. The Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act establishes tax incentives for companies manufacturing components and equipment for solar technology domestically.

As founder and co-chair of the COVID-19 Global Vaccination Caucus, Congressman Krishnamoorthi championed the inclusion of $1.3 billion in the Build Back Better Act to support global and domestic vaccine production capacity and capabilities, including through the construction of new manufacturing facilities or the expansion or modernization of existing facilities. This funding can also be used to address supply chain issues pertaining to the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines.