FACTSHEET: THE DAILY COSTS OF MANCHIN’S “STRATEGIC PAUSE” FOR THE BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA

Senator Joe Manchin wants to take a “strategic pause” until 2022 before voting on the Build Back Better agenda, according to reports. Here’s what is at stake for Americans every day Congress waits to pass the plan:

  • Every day that the U.S. fails to make child care affordable, parents will continue to lose $82-$95 million in income to pay for child care.

  • Mothers leaving the labor force and reducing work hours in order to assume caretaking responsibilities costs $176 million every day in lost wages and economic activity.

  • 342 Americans die every day due to medical non-adherence including skipped doses of medically necessary prescription drugs that patients cannot afford.

  • Crippling student loan debt increases by $246 million every day that the U.S. doesn’t invest in affordable postsecondary education.

  • Workers and families lose over $61 million in wages every day due to the lack of paid family and medical leave.

  • 1 in 3 children in the U.S. will continue missing pre-school — compared to 90% participation in France and 100% participation in Britain — every day that the U.S. fails to invest in universal pre-K.

  • Over 500,000 people in the U.S. experience homelessness every night that the U.S. fails to address the affordable housing crisis.

  • Air pollution caused by fossil fuels amounts to a cost of $1.6 billion every day that the U.S. fails to pass crucial climate legislation.

  • 13 million children in the United States will continue living in ‘food insecure’ homes every day that the U.S. fails to pass the Build Back Better investments to tackle child hunger.

  • 80% of households with older adults are unable to afford their basic and long-term care needs every day that the U.S. fails to make healthcare more affordable through the Build Back Better agenda.

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