The Build Back Better Framework will deliver meaningful outcomes for LGBTQ+ people and families, building an America in which all can thrive.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) encouraged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Biden-Harris Administration’s Build Back Better Framework, the most transformative investment in the American middle class in generations and the largest expansion of affordable health care in a decade. Build Back Better, if passed, would be momentous for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families as LGBTQ+ people in America are more likely to live in poverty (21.6%,) than their non-LGBTQ+ peers (15.7%).
“The Human Rights Campaign commends President Biden for the bold vision of the Build Back Better framework and urges the U.S House of Representatives to pass it,” said Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President, Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “Families in the United States are facing challenges every day. Whether it is struggling to put enough food on the table or being able to access paid family leave, the investments in the Build Back Better legislation will help struggling families recover from the pandemic and recession and help create an economy that works for everyone. With 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ Americans living in poverty, these programs will be a game-changer in addressing the LGBTQ+ community’s lower educational attainment, higher unemployment and lack of health insurance coverage.”
Specifically, the framework:
Makes transformative investment in children and caregiving:
The Build Back Better Framework ensures that the vast majority of working LGBTQ+ families of four who earn less than $300,000 will pay no more than 7% of their income on child care for children under 6.
Includes the largest expansion of affordable health care in a decade:
President Biden’s framework advances health equity for LGBTQ+ people by closing the Medicaid coverage gap and lowering the health care costs for individuals buying coverage through the ACA.
Generational efforts to bring down costs and strengthen the middle class:
Supporting workers and their families
Fewer than half of employer-paid leave policies cover parents of all genders equally or are inclusive of the many ways families welcome a child -- including through childbirth, adoption, or foster care.
The Build Back Better framework contains 4 weeks of paid leave and expands the definition of family to reflect what America’s families truly look like, including chosen family.
Investing in affordable housing
The Build Back Better framework enables the construction of more than 1 million affordable homes, boosting housing supply and reducing price pressures for renters and homeowners. It also makes investments to improve the quality of existing public housing.
Promoting nutrition security
The Build Back Better Framework expands access to free school meals during the school year and provides students with resources to purchase food over the summer, ensuring that the nutritional needs of children being raised in LGBTQ+ families are met.
Cutting taxes for families with children
Over 36% of LGBTQ+ people lived in a household that had difficulty paying for usual household expenses, compared to 26% of non-LGBTQ+ people.
President Biden’s framework will extend the Child Tax Credit, lowering taxes for families by providing the families of more than 66 million kids in the U.S. a major tax cut.
Investing in higher education and workforce training
The Build Back Better Framework would increase the maximum Pell Grant while investing in training programs that will prepare millions of Americans for high-quality jobs in growing sectors, particularly LGBTQ+ workers who may face bias or discrimination when seeking a job.
Supporting community violence interventions
The toll of community violence overwhelmingly falls on people of color, and uniquely impacts LGBTQ+ communities, especially transgender women of color who continue to face epidemic levels of violence.
The Build Back Better Framework will support evidence-based intervention programs that train at-risk individuals for jobs and provide wraparound supports to prevent violence and assist victims.
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