Rep. Gomez, Ways and Means Democrats Unveil Groundbreaking Proposal to Reshape the American Economy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (MA-01) and Committee Democrats unveiled a groundbreaking plan to reshape the American economy through universal paid family and medical leave, guaranteed access to child care, and permanently extending worker and family-related refundable tax credits from the American Rescue Plan. The Building an Economy for Families Act is the next step in the broader conversation the Ways and Means Committee is leading on infrastructure and rebuilding the post-COVID economy to make it stronger and more equitable than ever before.
“Universal access to paid family and medical leave, as well as guaranteed access to childcare, are cornerstones of an equitable economy that supports ,” said Congressman Gomez. “When I was a child, my own hospital visits for pneumonia nearly bankrupted my parents who worked multiple jobs without paid leave or healthcare. Too many American workers are in that same situation today, exhausted by the never-ending balancing act of keeping their job and maintaining their health. As we rebuild our economy from this public health crisis, we must take this opportunity to create a new foundation for all working families and end our reliance on the status quo that only uplifts a select few.”
“Our economy is premised on the idea that some workers are worthy of ‘perks’, like paid leave or affordable child care that works for their schedules, while the majority are forced to fend for themselves. For our economy to fully recover from this pandemic, we must finally acknowledge that workers have families, and caregiving responsibilities are real,” said Chairman Neal. “Through sensible, but bold investments, we can put workers’ minds at ease and ready our country to come roaring back. All while lifting millions out of poverty by permanently extending the hugely popular expansions the Ways and Means Committee made to key tax credits in the American Rescue Plan. The Building an Economy for Families Act is an investment in our future that we simply cannot afford to pass up. By acting on this plan, we will rebuild our society to be better and stronger than ever before. It's not enough to only focus on the roads that get Americans to work, we need to modernize the supports that get them through the day. This is a time of great need, and we are ready to deliver."
Specifically, the Building an Economy for Families Act:
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