Committee Votes to Advance Transformative Investments in Build Back Better Act

Committee provisions make historic investments in child care and pre-K, higher education, school infrastructure, job training, and child nutrition

WASHINGTON – Today, the Committee on Education and Labor voted to advance its portion of the Build Back Better Act. The Committee’s section of President Biden’s plan invests in lowering costs for families, helping American workers secure good-paying jobs, and providing a strong foundation for America’s children. 

These investments include a historic proposal to make child care affordable for families and provide free, universal, high-quality pre-K to three- and four-year-olds. 

“Committee Democrats have taken a major step toward delivering a transformative investment in our families and in our future,” said Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott. “The provisions in the Committee’s portion of the Build Back Better Act will lower costs for nearly every American family, secure good-paying jobs for millions of American workers, and set a strong foundation for America’s children. I want to congratulate and thank my colleagues for their hard work on this historic proposal.” 

The Committee’s portion of the Build Back Better Act will:

-       Lower the cost of child care and secure universal pre-K for three- and four-year-olds

-       Lower the cost of higher education by funding two years of tuition-free community college and increasing the value Pell Grants,

-       Strengthen our public schools by helping school districts repair, modernize, or rebuild crumbling and outdated school buildings,

-       Help workers secure good-paying jobs by expanding job training programs, and

-       Help prevent child hunger by expanding our most effective child nutrition programs.

All Committee Democrats voted to advance the Committee’s section of the Build Back Better Act, while every Committee Republican voted in opposition. 

For a fact sheet on the Committee’s portion of the Build Back Better Act, click here.


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