Joe Manchin has finally sworn against his oath, Yes! he might not had literally sworn but his decision of not supporting the build back agenda is definitely a statement of fact that even his constituency have a hard time reckoning to it. The Build Back Agenda should be a dream come true for all working citizens but then we have folks who have sworn to protect the interest of every American Citizen now fighting against the very things their voters had in mind before voting them into office.
The goal should not be about political interest or winning; the everyday person and the wellbeing of all American Citizens should be the goal.
Manchin and some of his cohorts might have their own reasons for not voting for the Build Back Better Agenda, but lets take a closer look at what it really means to the working class American today:
Refusing to vote for the Build Back Agenda is simply refusing to vote for universal and free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds, the largest expansion of universal and free education.
Preschool in the United States costs about $8,600 per year. The Build Back Better framework will enable states to expand access to free preschool for more than 6 million children per year and increase the quality of preschool for many more children already enrolled. Importantly, parents will be able to send children to high-quality preschool in the setting of their choice – from public schools to child care providers to Head Start. The program will lead to lifelong educational and economic benefits for children and parents, and is a transformational investment in America’s future economic competitiveness. In fact, research shows that every $1 invested in high-quality early childhood care and education can yield $3 to $7 over the long-run, as they do better in school, are more likely to graduate high-school and college, and earn more as adults.
Refusing to vote for the Build Back Agenda is simply refusing to vote for affordable, high-quality care for older Americans and people with disabilities in their homes, it is refusing to support the workers who provide this care.
Right now, there are hundreds of thousands of older Americans and Americans with disabilities are on waiting lists for home care services or struggling to afford the care they need, including more than 800,000 who are on state Medicaid waiting lists. A family paying for home care costs out of pocket currently pays around $5,800 per year for just four hours of home care per week. The Build Back Better framework will permanently improve Medicaid coverage for home care services for seniors and people with disabilities, making the most transformative investment in access to home care in 40 years, when these services were first authorized for Medicaid.
Refusing to vote for the Build Back Agenda is simply refusing to vote for 39 million households that would receive up to $3,600 (or $300 per month) in tax cuts per child by extending the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit.
The Build Back Better framework will provide monthly payments to the parents of nearly 90 percent of American children for 2022 – $300 per month per child under six and $250 per month per child ages 6 to 17. This historic tax cut will help cover the cost of food, housing, health care, and transportation and will continue the largest one-year reduction in child poverty in history. And critically, the framework includes permanent refundability for the Child Tax Credit, meaning that the neediest families will continue to receive the full Child Tax Credit over the long-run.
Refusing to vote for the Build Back Agenda is simply refusing to vote for the single largest and most comprehensive investment in affordable housing in history.
The framework will enable the construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of more than 1 million affordable homes, boosting housing supply and reducing price pressures for renters and homeowners. It will address the capital needs of the public housing stock in big cities and rural communities all across America and ensure it is not only safe and habitable but healthier and more energy efficient as well. It will make a historic investment in rental assistance, expanding vouchers to hundreds of thousands of additional families. And, it includes one of the largest investments in down payment assistance in history, enabling hundreds of thousands of first-generation homebuyers to purchase their first home and build wealth. This legislation will create more equitable communities, through investing in community-led redevelopments projects in historically under-resourced neighborhoods and removing lead paint from hundreds of thousands of homes, as well as by incentivizing state and local zoning reforms that enable more families to reside in higher opportunity neighborhoods.
Refusing to vote for the Build Back Agenda is simply refusing to vote for the Expansion of access to affordable, high-quality education beyond high school.
Expand access to affordable, high-quality education beyond high school. Education beyond high school is increasingly important for economic growth and competitiveness in the 21st century, even as it has become unaffordable for too many families. The Build Back Better framework will make education beyond high school – including training for high-paying jobs available now – more affordable. Specifically, the framework will increase the maximum Pell Grant by $550 for more the more than 5 million students enrolled in public and private, non-profit colleges and expand access to DREAMers. It will also make historic investments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to build capacity, modernize research infrastructure, and provide financial aid to low-income students. And, it will invest in practices that help more students complete their degree or credential. The framework will help more people access quality training that leads to good, union, and middle-class jobs. It will enable community colleges to train hundreds of thousands of students, create sector-based training opportunity with in- demand training for at least hundreds of thousands of workers, and invest in proven approaches like Registered Apprenticeships and programs to support underserved communities. The framework will increase the Labor Department’s annual spending on workforce development by 50% for each of the next 5 years.
Now, what is Manchin doing for the good of the working class American today; Is he voting to effect changes for the better or standing against the wellbeing of everyday working class American.
Let’s keep political affiliations outside the courts of meeting the needs of the common working class American today. Millions of kids are drowning in poor childcare, parents are literally making tough decisions everyday between choosing their jobs and providing childcare. Stopping the Build Back Agenda is simply saying “Let their pain continue while we keep our ego and social status” Now that’s a bad idea for anyone seeking for votes possibly in the near future.
This is not about Republicans Versus Democrats, this is about relieving the pressure off the shoulders of 90% of American Working-Class Families and improving their standard of living while putting more money into their pocket.