America Forward Statement on House Passage of the Build Back Better Act

“Today’s vote in the House of Representatives marks another important step towards finalizing historic investments in education, workforce development, child care, national service, and other priorities that will expand equity and opportunity in all of our communities. Especially in the context of COVID-19, the resources included in the Build Back Better Act passed by the House are vital to supporting students, educators, workers, and families — not only during the recovery, but in the long term.

As the legislation now moves to the Senate, we urge lawmakers to maintain the investments in key priorities, including child care and pre-K, increased Pell Grant funding and expanded eligibility for financial aid, greater support for educator preparation, transformational investments in national service, proven job training and apprenticeship programs like YouthBuild, subsidized employment through transitional jobs, and evidence-based approaches to improving outcomes for postsecondary students and job training participants.

The Build Back Better Act represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to advance equity and opportunity in our communities, and we urge Congress and the President to act quickly to pass this bill, sign it into law, and begin delivering resources to states, school districts, workforce programs, and community-based partners.”

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