On October 12, 2021, GST posted the following comments in opposition to this legislation:
Reversing the Recovery
Heritage Foundation Reviews the $3.5+ Trillion Reconciliation Budget Bill
Here’s the Summary: H.R.5376 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) from Congress.Gov:
This bill provides funding, establishes programs, and otherwise modifies provisions relating to a broad array of areas, including education, labor, child care, health care, taxes, immigration, and the environment. (The bill is commonly referred to as the Build Back Better Act.)
For example, the bill provides funding for
– management of the National Forest System;
– job placement and career services;
– safe drinking water, energy-efficiency, and weatherization projects;
– electric vehicles and zero-emission, heavy-duty vehicles;
– public health infrastructure and supply chain resiliency;
– housing, rental, and homeowner assistance programs;
– cybersecurity programs;
– tribal infrastructure, housing, environmental, and health programs;
– wildfire prevention, drought relief, conservation efforts, and climate change research;
– small business assistance and development;
– transit services and clean energy projects in low-income communities; and
– infrastructure and administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Additionally, the bill establishes programs to provide
– up to six semesters of free community college,
– free child care for children under the age of six,
– free universal preschool services, and
– health benefits for eligible individuals who reside in states that have not expanded Medicaid.
The bill also includes provisions that
– establish a methane fee for certain petroleum and natural gas facilities;
– expand Medicare to cover dental, hearing, and vision care;
– provide certain aliens with a path to permanent resident status (e.g., those who entered the United States as minors);
– provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave;
– restructure and increase the tax rates for certain corporations and high-income individuals (e.g., individuals with income over $400,000); and
– require the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate maximum prices for certain brand-name drugs under Medicare.
The “Build Back Better” Act is currently under discussion in the US Senate Washington.
In the US Senate, Democrats will need all of their 50 Senators, plus the Vice President, to pass it.
That will require a vote by our US Senators, Democrats Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.
You can click on their names for their contact information.
Tell them to vote NO on HR 5376: The Build Back Better Act!
Posted by GST Chairman Ray Chadwick.