Today, the House passed the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act in a 220-213 vote after months of negotiations and revisions.
Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), issued the following statement:
“Today’s passage of the Build Back Better Act in the House brings the nation one step closer to reaffirming our collective commitment to American families. The bill comprehensively seeks to end childhood poverty, tackle systemic disparities in healthcare and childcare, and expand access to child nutrition programs. WIC families raising young children will benefit from the bill’s expansion of the Child Tax Credit and the bill’s thoughtful inclusion of paid family and medical leave. Taken together, the Build Back Better Act reinvests in American families and provides a stronger foundation for families with young children as the nation emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After months of negotiation, we can no longer delay these critical investments. We urge swift action in the Senate to advance the House-passed legislation. Congress must also advance parallel processes to finalize fiscal year 2022 appropriations and secure further investments that support American families, including an extension of the WIC benefit bump. It is time to deliver for American families.”
Read more about what's in the Build Back Better Act and how this legislation will impact WIC families: Everything You Need to Know About Build Back Better Act.