On-the-ground In Nevada: Build Back Better Agenda Would Create Jobs, Lower Costs For Nevada Families
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2021
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ON-THE-GROUND IN NEVADA: BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA WOULD CREATE JOBS, LOWER COSTS FOR NEVADA FAMILIES
WASHINGTON D.C. — Together, the Build Back Better Agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will deliver critical investments Nevada families need to build our economy and our communities back better than ever. The President’s full legislative agenda will invest in our nation’s future by lowering costs of essentials such as child care and prescription drugs for working families, fixing our nation’s broken infrastructure, tackling the climate crisis, cutting taxes for 50 million working and middle class families nationwide, and creating millions of good-paying jobs.
Nevadans are united in the need to get the Build Back Better Agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal across the finish line:
“Together, the Build Back Better Agenda and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal represent a historic investment in our state and provide the foundations of an economy that puts working people first,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union. “Our union is fighting every day to ensure we do not lose this historic opportunity to revitalize our middle class, protect the rights of working people, and ensure we build back better for everyone.”
“If we don’t begin to take action and develop sustainable solutions for the climate crisis, our children and grandchildren will be left with a serious problem on their hands,” said Pastor Juan Almanza at the Centro de Adoración Familiar and partner of the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Por La Creación Faith-Based Alliance. “How can we call ourselves Christians when we don’t care for or act as stewards of God’s creation? We are asking Congress to prioritize robust environmental investments and protections in President Joe Biden’s proposed Build Back Better Act, which tackles climate change and sets climate goals, because it is our responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation during our transit through Earth.”
“Today, we are facing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver real progress for Nevada families, workers, and small businesses,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “As we rebuild from the pandemic, investments in our infrastructure, our economy, and our families cannot wait. Congress must pass the Build Back Better Agenda into law and build a better future for our country.”
Key highlights of how the Build Back Better Agenda would boost working and middle class families in Nevada:
- Ease the burden on the middle class by lowering the costs of everyday essentials:
- Save the average Nevada family with two children $8,600 a year on child care.
- Cut prescription drug costs for Nevadans by up to 55 percent for some drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug companies.
- Create millions of good-paying jobs nationwide, including:
- Create more than 34,000 clean energy jobs in Nevada.
- Create 4,345 home care jobs in Nevada.
- Build an economy that rewards work, not wealth:
- Extend the increased Earned Income Tax Credit for 168,000 low-wage workers in Nevada.
- Tackle the climate crisis while bringing down utility costs for Nevadans:
- Invest $2.2 billion in energy efficiency in Nevada.
- Save the average Nevada family $500 a year on their energy bills by 2030.
- Make historic investment’s in Nevada’s infrastructure:
- Deliver $2.5 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs to address the over 1,090 miles of highway and 28 bridges in poor condition in Nevada.
- Improve healthy, sustainable transportation options, including by investing $459 million in public transit and $38 million to expand Nevada’s network of EV charging stations.
- Bring high-speed internet access to the at least 123,822 Nevadans who lack access to broadband.
- Invest $403 million in Nevada to eliminate lead pipes and provide clean drinking water to Nevadans who lack it.
- Ensure families with children can make ends meet:
- Provide a tax cut to the families of 634,000 Nevada kids who benefit from the expanded Child Tax Credit.
- Establish paid family leave for Nevada families.
- Expand access to quality, affordable health care:
- Expand Medicare to include dental, vision, and hearing coverage for the 329,000 Nevada seniors currently enrolled in Medicare.
- Provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrant families, including:
- For the 210,000 undocumented immigrants living in Nevada.