AAMA: BBB Delivers on Democracy’s Promises for Communities of Color

Published on November 19, 2021

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, the Biden administration’s highly-anticipated plan to expand the social safety net.

Mayor Sylvester Turner (Houston, TX), president of the African American Mayors Association, issued the following statement in response: 

“My colleagues and I are thrilled that the House has advanced the Build Back Better Act, a giant leap toward becoming law. The bill will transform our nation for decades to come. It will improve access to economic prosperity through provisions that strengthen health care, affordable housing, child care, and employment.

“For example, the package includes four weeks of paid family leave -- a revolutionary provision to strengthen families and help working parents maintain their jobs. The package will also create more than one million affordable homes, allocate significant funding to youth apprenticeship programs, provide additional money for programs that serve out-of-school youth in high-crime and high-poverty areas, and fund employment activities for justice-involved young adults who have dropped out of school.

“The Build Back Better Act delivers on the president’s commitments to communities of color. Now, the Senate must act and send the bill to the president’s desk so that we can begin to make some of our most intractable racial justice issues vestiges of the past.”

 

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