August 11, 2021

‘Build Back Better’ Federal Budget Resolution Charts Course Toward Stronger, More Equitable Future

The following is in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to advance a budget resolution paving the way to craft and enact a slate of investments known as the “Build Back Better” plan.

This budget resolution is an important step toward passing the transformational policies our country needs to improve lives, create a stronger, fairer economy, advance racial equity, and ensure all people can share in the prosperity of our nation.

For too long, Florida families have been held back by racial and economic inequality. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 16 percent of Florida families with children lived in poverty. Yet, corporations continue to avoid paying their share in taxes.

This budget resolution creates a path toward a better future, cutting costs for families on essentials like housing, food, child care, health care, and school; helping workers get the help they need to make ends meet and get ahead; creating millions of jobs while tackling the climate crisis; and closing the Medicaid gap for millions living in non-expansion states, like Florida.

Additionally, based on budget summary materials, the plan will also tackle our lopsided tax code to pay for the investments necessary to create that better future — specifically by asking corporations and households with income over $400,000 to pay their share in taxes. We applaud the Senate for recognizing tax fairness as a critical element to building a more equitable society.

We look forward to working with members of Florida’s Congressional delegation in the coming weeks to support the investments our communities need, and we urge our delegation to deliver on the bold vision laid out in this budget resolution.

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