(Washington) Today, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued this statement following the House of Representatives' historic vote to pass the Build Back Better Act:
"Today, the House voted to invest in America’s future—to build a stronger, better, more resilient nation for the next generation. We voted to lower health care costs and expand access to pre-K, to fight inflation and support working families, and to combat climate change and increase our resiliency against its most devastating impacts. We voted to compete in a 21stcentury global economy and restore American leadership on the world stage. And we voted to put our nation’s economy in a more secure position as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I am proud to have voted for this bill today and hopeful about what this means for the future of our country.
"The benefits to the state of Florida are profound:
- Providing access to child care to over 1 million young children in Florida (ages 0-5) per year and expanding access to free, high-quality preschool to more than 347,000 additional 3- and 4-year-olds per year;
- Closing the Medicaid coverage gap, allowing nearly 800,000 uninsured Floridians to gain access to healthcare coverage;
- Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, giving over 1.3 million low-wage workers in Florida a tax cut; and
- Investing in steps to meet our climate targets, helping our communities in Florida that are at highest risk for devastating climate change impacts avoid costly damage and destruction.
"And the benefits to our nation are clear. I urge the Senate to quickly come together to send this monumental piece of legislation to the President’s desk. We cannot wait any longer—it is time to act now."