FACTSHEET: KEY MODERATES HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF SUPPORTING POLICIES IN THE BUILD BACK BETTER ACT

Key House Moderates Have Committed to Making Crucial Investments For Their Constituents in the Past

POLLING: 64% of Voters — Including 63% of Independents — Support Passing the Build Back Better Act.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Build Back Better Act will make once-in-a-generation investments in child care, long term care, clean energy, health care, and more — all policies that have been supported by key moderate Democrats in the House for years. This week, they will have a chance to double down on their support for these transformational policies by advancing the Build Back Better Act through the U.S. House, paving the way to lower costs for families, cut taxes for the middle class, and create millions of jobs.

Here’s a look at the crucial provisions in the Build Back Better Act that those Democrats have previously supported: 

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) 

Prescription Drugs: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Murphy voted in favor of a bill to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices and create a $2,000 out-of-pocket cap on Medicare drug costs.

Child Tax Credit: 

  • In 2021, Rep. Murphy voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which expanded Child Tax Credits.

  • The Build Back Better Act includes an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit, which will lower taxes for middle class families by providing 39 million households and nearly 90% of children in the U.S. a major tax cut, cutting the child poverty rate in half.

Universal Preschool: 

  • In July 2021, Rep. Murphy tweeted about her support for universal preschool to be included in the Build Back Better Act.

  • The Build Back Better Act includes two years of free preschool for more than six million children.

Child Care: 

  • In 2021, Rep. Murphy tweeted that making high-quality child care more accessible is vital to supporting the recovery of the U.S. economy.

  • The Build Back Better Act represents the most transformative investment in child care in generations, and will ensure that no middle-income families pay more than 7% of their income.

Clean Energy: 

  • The Stephanie Murphy for Congress website states that Rep. Murphy is working to increase investment in alternative and renewable energy sources.

  • The Build Back Better Act’s clean energy tax credits will save American families hundreds of dollars per year in clean energy.

 Housing: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Murphy tweeted that she would continue to fight to increase investments in affordable housing that help working families get ahead.

  • The Build Back Better Act includes investments to create more than one million new affordable homes in urban and rural areas.

Paid Leave: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Murphy voted in favor of guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees.

  • In 2021, Rep. Murphy voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which guaranteed federal employees a 15 week paid family and medical leave due to COVID-19.

  • The Stephanie Murphy for Congress website states that Rep. Murphy “believes Congress should pass paid family and medical leave because no American should ever be forced to choose between taking care of a sick relative and their job.”

Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02)

Prescription Drugs: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Golden voted in favor of a bill to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices and create a $2,000 out-of-pocket cap on Medicare drug costs.

  • In 2021, Rep. Golden tweeted his support for the prescription drug cost-lowering measures in the Build Back Better Act.

Universal Preschool: 

  • During his 2018 campaign, Rep. Golden’s website claimed that all children should have universal access to kindergarten, calling it “one of the best investments Maine can make.”

  • The Build Back Better Act includes two years of free preschool for more than six million children.

Clean Energy: 

  • The Congressman’s website states that Rep. Golden is working to help Maine take advantage of its potential for wind and solar energy through tax credits and other measures.

  • The Build Back Better Act’s clean energy tax credits will save American families hundreds of dollars per year in clean energy.

Paid Leave: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Golden voted in favor of guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees.

  • During his 2018 campaign, Rep. Golden’s website stated that Golden would fight to expand leave policies for all Americans, because “people deserve time off to care for newborn children or sick loved ones.”

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)

Prescription Drugs: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Gottheimer voted in favor of a bill to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices and create a $2,000 out-of-pocket cap on Medicare drug costs.

Child Tax Credit: 

  • In 2021, Rep. Gottheimer voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which expanded Child Tax Credits.

  • The Build Back Better Act includes an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit, which will lower taxes for middle class families by providing 39 million households and nearly 90% of children in the U.S. a major tax cut, cutting the child poverty rate in half.

Child Care: 

  • In 2021, Rep. Gottheimer tweeted a lamentation that North Jersey families have had a hard time finding quality, affordable child care during the pandemic as child care centers have closed.

  • The Build Back Better Act represents the most transformative investment in child care in generations, and will ensure that no middle-income families pay more than 7% of their income.

Clean Energy: 

  • In 2021, Rep. Gottheimer tweeted about the need to make major clean energy investments to “secure our children’s future.”

  • The Build Back Better Act represents the largest effort to combat climate change in history and will ensure the U.S. can reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 50 and 52 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.

Paid Leave: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Gottheimer voted in favor of guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees.

  • In 2021, Rep. Gottheimer voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which guaranteed federal employees a 15 week paid family and medical leave due to COVID-19.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

Prescription Drugs: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Schrader voted in favor of a bill to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices and create a $2,000 out-of-pocket cap on Medicare drug costs.

  • In 2019, Rep. Schrader tweeted that he would continue to fight to lower prescription drug costs, noting the skyrocketing costs of insulin.

Child Tax Credit: 

  • In 2021, Rep. Schrader voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which expanded Child Tax Credits.

  • The Build Back Better Act includes an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit, which will lower taxes for middle class families by providing 39 million households and nearly 90% of children in the U.S. a major tax cut, cutting the child poverty rate in half.

Universal Preschool: 

  • In October 2021, Rep. Schrader tweeted about his support for expanding access to early learning, which he said will set kids “up for success.”

  • The Build Back Better Act includes two years of free preschool for more than six million children.

Paid Leave: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Schrader voted in favor of guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal Congressional employees.

  • In 2021, Rep. Schrader voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which guaranteed federal employees a 15 week paid family and medical leave due to COVID-19.

Rep. Ed Case (HI-01)

Prescription Drugs: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Case voted in favor of and cosponsored a bill to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices and create a $2,000 out-of-pocket cap on Medicare drug costs.

Child Tax Credit: 

  • In 2021, Rep. Case voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which expanded Child Tax Credits.

  • The Build Back Better Act includes an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit, which will lower taxes for middle class families by providing 39 million households and nearly 90% of children in the U.S. a major tax cut, cutting the child poverty rate in half.

 Housing: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Case tweeted about how federal funds are essential to creating affordable housing options in Hawaii.

  • The Build Back Better Act includes investments to create more than one million new affordable homes in urban and rural areas.

Paid Leave: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Case voted in favor of guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees.

  • In 2021, Rep. Case voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which guaranteed federal employees a 15 week paid family and medical leave due to COVID-19.

Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04)

Prescription Drugs: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Rice voted in favor of a bill to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices and create a $2,000 out-of-pocket cap on Medicare drug costs.

  • In 2021, Rep. Rice tweeted her support for a provision in the Build Back Better Act to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.

Child Tax Credit: 

  • In 2021, Rep. Rice voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which expanded Child Tax Credits.

  • In October 2021, Rep. Rice tweeted that she was working to extend the Child Tax Credit further.

  • The Build Back Better Act includes an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit, which will lower taxes for middle class families by providing 39 million households and nearly 90% of children in the U.S. a major tax cut, cutting the child poverty rate in half.

Child Care: 

  • In 2021, Rep. Rice tweeted her support for making greater long-term investments in the care economy, noting that it creates economic opportunities for everyone.

  • The Build Back Better Act represents the most transformative investment in child care in generations, and will ensure that no middle-income families pay more than 7% of their income.

Clean Energy: 

  • In 2021, Rep. Rice tweeted that investments in clean energy and resilient infrastructure will fuel the economic recovery and create a better future.

  • Rep. Rice’s Congressional website stated that she is committed to taking aggressive action to reverse the effects of climate change.

  • The Build Back Better Act represents the largest effort to combat climate change in history and will ensure the U.S. can reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 50 and 52 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.

 Housing: 

  • In 2020, Rep. Rice tweeted about the urgency of providing relief to households having difficulty paying rent.

  • In a 2020 op-ed, Rep. Rice wrote about her efforts to address affordable housing challenges.

  • The Build Back Better Act includes investments to create more than one million new affordable homes in urban and rural areas.

Paid Leave: 

  • In 2019, Rep. Rice voted in favor of guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees.

  • In 2021, Rep. Rice voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which guaranteed federal employees a 15 week paid family and medical leave due to COVID-19.

  • In 2021, Rep. Rice tweeted that the rate of women in the workforce is at its lowest in decades and urged action on instituting a federal paid leave policy.

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