On-the-ground In New Hampshire: Build Back Better Agenda Would Create Jobs, Lower Costs For New Hampshire Families
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2021
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ON-THE-GROUND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA WOULD CREATE JOBS, LOWER COSTS FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILIES
35+ New Hampshire Leaders and Organizations Throw Support Behind Build Back Better Agenda
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Together, the Build Back Better Agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will deliver critical investments New Hampshire 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.
Granite Staters are united in the need to get the Build Back Better Agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal across the finish line:
“Even before this pandemic, Granite Staters have felt the crushing burden of health care costs, and too many working people in our state have been forced to decide between paying for their prescriptions or other essentials,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins of Granite State Progress. “The Build Back Better Agenda would allow Medicare to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs, which is why we’re joining others across New Hampshire to urge Congress to pass this sorely needed legislation that will bring down costs and provide much-needed relief for working families.”
“Climate change inaction goes beyond impacts to our New Hampshire environment and affects the health and wellness of our most vulnerable populations. Supporting the Build Back Better Agenda and investing in efforts to achieve a future net-zero economy will improve the Granite State’s current and future generations’ quality of life,” said Lyndsay Goss DNP, RN, CNE, NPD-BC Faculty Lead, Nursing and Public Health.
“Families across New Hampshire support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Agenda because we know the investments in these bills are deeply necessary so that we can build an economy that puts working and middle class people first,” said New Hampshire State Representative Manny Espitia, Hillsborough 31. “From tackling the climate crisis to bringing down the cost of child care, I’m proud to stand with Granite Staters who are asking leaders in Congress to deliver for our state.”
“Families across New Hampshire support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Agenda because we know the investments in these bills are deeply necessary to build a modern economy that puts working and middle class people first and truly supports children and families,” said New Hampshire State Senator Becky Whitley. “From tackling the climate crisis to bringing down the cost of child care, I’m proud to stand with Granite Staters who are asking leaders in Congress to deliver for our state.”
Key highlights of how the Build Back Better Agenda would boost working and middle class families in New Hampshire:
- Ease the burden on the middle class by lowering the costs of everyday essentials:
- Save the average New Hampshire family with two children $9,560 a year on child care.
- Cut prescription drug costs for Granite Staters 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 29,000 clean energy jobs in New Hampshire.
- Create 2,680 home care jobs in New Hampshire.
- Build an economy that rewards work, not wealth:
- Extend the increased Earned Income Tax Credit for 70,000 low-wage workers in New Hampshire.
- Tackle the climate crisis while bringing down utility costs for Granite Staters:
- Invest $2 billion in energy efficiency in New Hampshire.
- Make historic investment’s in New Hampshire’s infrastructure:
- Deliver $1.1 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs to address the over 698 miles of highway and 215 bridges in poor condition in New Hampshire.
- Improve healthy, sustainable transportation options, including by investing $125 million in public transit and $17 million to expand New Hampshire’s network of EV charging stations.
- Bring high-speed internet access to the at least 42,800 Granite Staters who lack access to broadband.
- Invest $418 million in New Hampshire to eliminate lead pipes and provide clean drinking water to Granite Staters who lack it.
- Ensure families with children can make ends meet:
- Provide a tax cut to the families of 221,000 New Hampshire kids who benefit from the expanded Child Tax Credit.
- Establish 12 weeks of paid family leave per year, up from 0 weeks currently in New Hampshire.
- Expand access to quality, affordable health care:
- Expand Medicare to include dental, vision, and hearing coverage for the 241,000 New Hampshire seniors currently enrolled in Medicare.
- Provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrant families, including:
- For the 15,000 undocumented immigrants living in New Hampshire.
The Build Back Better Agenda is supported a growing list of Granite State elected officials, activists, and organizations, including:
- Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua)
- Senator David Watters (D-Dover)
- Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester)
- Rep. Maria Perez (D-Milford)
- Rep. David Doherty (D-Pembroke)
- Rep. Kris Schultz (D-Concord)
- Rep. Suzanne Vail (D-Nashua)
- Rep. Eric Gallager (D-Concord)
- Rep. Paul Berch (D-Westmoreland)
- Rep. Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord)
- Rep. Brian Sullivan (D-Grantham)
- Rep. Manny Espitia (D-Nashua)
- Rep, Matt Wilhelm (D-Manchester)
- Rep. Jan Schmidt (D-Nashua)
- Rep. Lucius Parshall (D-Marlborough)
- Rep. Judith Spang (D-Durham)
- Rep. Megan Murray (D-Amherst)
- Rep. Ivy Vann (D-Peterborough)
- Rep. Laura Telerski (D-Nashua)
- Rep. Lee Oxenham (D-Plainfield)
- Rep. Peter Petrigno (D-Milford)
- Rep. Arthur Ellison (D-Concord)
- Rep. Tony Caplan (D-Henniker)
- Rep. Donald Bouchard (D-Manchester)
- Rep. Richard Abel (D-Lebanon)
- Rep. Lawrence Welkowitz (D-Keene)
- Rep. Deb Stevens (D-Nashua)
- Rep. Marjorie Porter (D-Hillsborough)
- Rep. Diane Langley (D-Manchester)
- Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath, Executive Director of the NH Council of Churches
- Revs. John and Susan Gregory Davis, Co-Pastors of the United Church of Christ Meriden Congregation
- 350 NH Action
- Granite State Organizing Project
- The New Hampshire Poor People’s Campaign
- Kent Street Coalition