August 24, 2021

Cárdenas Votes to Pass Historic Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today,  Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) voted to advance President Biden’s historic Build Back Better agenda, which will deliver life-changing benefits for working families.  With today’s vote, the House took a key step required in order to move forward on writing and passing the forthcoming Build Back Better Act, which will include overwhelmingly popular initiatives to create more jobs, cut taxes for families and lower health care costs – and do so by making the wealthiest and big corporations pay their fair share. 

“When President Biden took office, Democrats made a commitment that we would Build Back Better for every American,” said Congressman Cárdenas. “Today, we’re laying the groundwork to make good on that promise. This once-in-a-generation budget resolution delivers transformative investments for our families, our economy and our children’s future.  It sees through our efforts to extend the Child Tax Credit, establish universal pre-school, lower child care costs, make community college free and more. This game-changer puts everyday Americans first and helps establish the building blocks families need to succeed, especially those right here in the San Fernando Valley. I look forward to continuing the budget process and getting this done for our community. Now is our moment to build back better.” 

S.Con.Res. 14, the budget resolution passed by the Senate on August 11th and approved today by the House, paves the way for the House to proceed with assembling the Build Back Better Act.  This landmark legislation is essential to realizing President Biden’s transformative vision and meeting the needs of the American people at this critical moment.

The Build Back Better Act will include many initiatives that enjoy broad, bipartisan levels of support among the American people: child care, home health care, paid family and medical leave, free universal pre-K, the Biden Child Tax Credit, workforce development, expanding Medicare benefits, closing the Medicaid coverage gap, addressing the climate crisis, services for veterans and more.  

Further, this legislation will be paid for, in part, by restoring fairness in the tax system – raising rates on the wealthiest individuals and the biggest corporations, many of whom currently pay little to no federal income tax.  Importantly, no one making under $400,000 will see their taxes increase.  Instead, many middle class families will benefit from a tax cut in this bill, such as the expanded Biden Child Tax Credit.