Norton Worked Hard for Today’s House Passage of Historic Build Back Better Act, Lowers Everyday Costs for D.C. Families

Nov 19, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the Build Back Better Act, which the House passed today, contains historic victories for the District of Columbia. The landmark legislation creates good-paying jobs, invests in affordable housing, cuts middle-class taxes, and lowers the costs of health care, child care and family care – all fully paid for by requiring the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share. In particular, the bill empowers Medicare to negotiate lower drug costs for seniors, reduces the cost of child care, addresses the climate crisis, lowers health care costs, and increases the cap on the state and local tax deduction.

“The Build Back Better Act is not only the president’s signature legislative priority, I spoke on the House floor several times in support of the bill because of what it does for the District of Columbia,” Norton said. “The bill contains several large victories for the District. D.C. has some of the highest child-care costs in the country, but the Build Back Better Act caps child-care costs for most families. In addition, the bill empowers Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices for seniors, addresses the climate crisis, lowers health care costs, and increases the cap on the state and local tax deduction, which is particularly important to the District. The bill contains the single largest investment in affordable housing in history, a major priority for the District, with its scarcity of affordable housing. I am proud to support today’s victory for the House, the country, and especially for D.C.”

Importantly, unlike Trump’s tax cuts, the Build Back Better legislation is fully paid-for, which will both grow the economy and fight inflation. As seventeen Nobel Prize-winning economists recently wrote in support of this legislation: “Because this agenda invests in long-term economic capacity and will enhance the ability of more Americans to participate productively in the economy, it will ease longer-term inflationary pressures.” In fact, according to the estimates, the Build Back Better even reduces the deficit.

“Our Build Back Better Act will empower more parents to return to the workforce and lower the everyday expenses that weigh heaviest on working families,” Norton concluded.