DeLauro Applauds Biden Budget’s Long Overdue Commitment America’s Working Families
NEW HAVEN – House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) released the following statement on President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 budget and its important provisions to create jobs and support children and working families:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the many challenges facing our nation: crumbling physical infrastructure and fraying human infrastructure, unaffordable child care, education, and health care, and an economy that caters to the wealthy at the expense of working families and the vulnerable. President Biden’s budget is a blueprint to confront these challenges and invest in America.
“With a long overdue increase of 41 percent for the Department of Education, 23 percent for the Department of Health and Human Services, and 22 percent for the Environmental Protection Agency, this budget requests historic investments that meet the moment and will help our country build back better.
“The investments in President Biden’s budget are paid for by getting the biggest corporations and the top one percent to pay their fair share of taxes.
“This budget funds the American Families Plan and invests in affordable child care, universal preschool and more accessible higher education, including two years of free community college. It repairs our safety net by expanding nutrition assistance, with historic investments in Summer EBT and school meals, and making health care more affordable for more people, covering 4 million uninsured people and cutting premiums for 9 million more.
“As a champion of paid family and medical leave and the Child Tax Credit, I am pleased that the budget includes funding to establish a national paid family and medical leave program, something I have been fighting for nearly a decade as the author of the FAMILY Act to provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. Now more than ever, workers need a national standard to take time off to take care of themselves or a loved one without losing a paycheck. To leave a lasting impact on child poverty and provide a lifeline to middle class families, Congress must go even further with a comprehensive paid leave policy and the permanent expansion and improvement of the Child Tax Credit.
“The transformative worker protections and infrastructure investments in the American Jobs Plan will fix highways and rebuild bridges, revitalize public transit, and bring our airports, ports, and water infrastructure into the 21st century. The initiatives funded in this budget will rebuild the federal government’s capacity to protect workers, protect paychecks by aggressively combatting worker misclassification, create good-paying union jobs and, along with funding for job training and research and development, create pathways of opportunities for millions of working people.
“I look forward to working with President Biden and my colleagues in Congress to advance and strengthen these critical initiatives, which are essential to a new bargain that prioritizes the people instead of the powerful.”