Congressman Horsford Votes to Pass the Build Back Better Act and Create a Stronger, Healthier, and Safer Future for Nevada

November 19, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) released the following statement after voting to pass the Build Back Better Act with major investments in Nevada’s economy and people:

“The Build Back Better Act is a roadmap to a stronger, fairer America. Together with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, this legislation will create millions of good-paying union jobs, cut taxes for most Nevada families with children, and lower costs on essentials like housing, health care, and child care.”

“As Congress developed and negotiated the Build Back Better Act, my priority was to make sure the needs of Nevada’s Fourth District would be reflected in the final legislation. I’m proud that a number of my bills were included in today’s package, advancing key funding for community violence intervention, prescription drug pricing reform, clean energy, health care affordability, and more.”

“Soon, the Build Back Better Act will move to the Senate. Over the last several months, House and Senate Democrats have carefully developed this bill as a consensus proposal that grows the economy and fully pays for itself with common-sense changes to the tax code. Poll after poll shows that Americans support the Build Back Better Act nearly 2-1.

“The American people have waited months to see this bill passed into law. I urge the Senate to quickly take up and pass the full House version of the Build Back Better Act with limited changes. Now is the time to deliver for our constituents.”

As passed in the House, the Build Back Better Act delivers landmark progress for the families of Nevada’s Fourth District on issues including:

  • Lower Taxes: The Build Back Better Act extends the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit through the end of 2022. Since July, the expanded Child Tax Credit has pumped more than $600 million into Nevada’s economy, with an average per-household payment of $434. In Nevada’s Fourth District, 97 percent of families are eligible for this key tax cut.
  • Job Training: The Build Back Better Act invests in training programs that will prepare Nevada’s workers for high-quality jobs in fast-growing sectors like public health, child care, manufacturing, IT, and clean energy.
  • Prescription Drug Pricing: In Nevada, many seniors and residents with chronic health conditions struggle to afford the high price of prescription drugs. The Build Back Better Act will lower drug prices by allowing Medicare to negotiate prices for high-cost prescription drugs, imposing a tax penalty for companies that increase their prices faster than inflation, capping out-of-pocket drug costs for seniors, and lowering insulin prices so that Americans with diabetes don’t pay more than $35/month for their insulin. Health Care: By closing the Medicaid gap, expanding Medicare to include hearing care, and extending subsidies for insurance purchased through the ACA, the Build Back Better Act will help 71,000 Nevadans gain coverage and save 47,100 Nevadans hundreds of dollars in health care costs each year, while also making home health care more accessible and affordable for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Housing: In Nevada, 243,000 renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. The Build Back Better Act will expand rental assistance for Nevada renters, while also increasing the supply of high-quality housing by constructing and rehabilitating over 1 million affordable housing units nationwide. Support for Long-Term Care Needs: The need for high-quality, accessible, and affordable care for older Americans and those living with disabilities is growing, but high costs and care shortages leave many families reliant on unpaid caregiving. The Build Back Better Act will expand access to home-and community-based care and increase wages and benefits for caregiving jobs.
  • Paid Leave: The Build Back Better Act permanently authorizes the first-ever national paid family and medical leave program for U.S. workers, providing up to four weeks of paid leave for parental bonding or serious medical conditions. This provision will benefit workers and level the playing field for small businesses, which often struggle to afford the cost of paid leave for employees. Child Care: More than 70 percent of Nevadans live in a “child care desert” where there is not enough child care for the families who need it. For families who can find child care, the average annual cost is $10,238. The Build Back Better Act will expand access to affordable child care for 196,800 Nevada children and ensure that most families spend no more than seven percent of their income on child care. Under the Build Back Better Act, Nevada families with young children would save more than $9,000/year.
  • Early Education: Today, only 17 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds in Nevada have access to publicly funded pre-kindergarten, while the average cost of private pre-kindergarten in the state is $8,600. The Build Back Better Act will expand access to free, high-quality pre-kindergarten to more than 65,000 Nevada children – setting them up for lifelong success and saving their parents thousands of dollars.
  • Climate: Nevada experienced 12 extreme weather events from 2010-2020, costing Nevada families up to $1 billion in damages. By reducing carbon pollution, bolstering community resilience and strengthening the American clean energy economy, the Build Back Better Act makes the largest investment in climate action ever, creating good-paying union jobs in clean energy, advancing environmental justice and protecting Nevadans from extreme weather.
  • Nutrition: 16 percent of Nevada children currently live in households that struggle to put enough food on the table. The Build Back Better Act will expand access to free school meals for an additional 48,000 Nevada students during the school year, and provide nearly 300,000 students with the resources to purchase food over the summer.
  • Immigration: The Build Back Better Act would allow immigrants who have lived and worked in the United States for more than 11 years the opportunity to apply for permanent residency. The bill would also restore the availability of immigrant visas and reduce the green card backlog, helping reunite immigrant families and better allow U.S. companies to attract and retain high-skilled workers.

To read more about the impact of the Build Back Better Act on Nevada, click here. The Build Back Better Act includes numerous provisions authored by Congressman Horsford, including:

The Break the Cycle of Violence Act, which provides federal grants to communities for evidence-informed community violence intervention and prevention programs designed to interrupt cycles of violence. Included in: Section. 31055. Funding for Community Violence and Trauma Interventions - This section provides $2.5 billion in funding to support public health approaches to reduce community violence and trauma.

  • The Health and Human Services Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in consultation with the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, and the Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, shall use amounts appropriated to support public health-based interventions to reduce community violence and trauma, taking into consideration the needs of communities with high rates of, and prevalence of risk factors associated with, violence-related injuries and deaths. Section. 61001. Funding for Community-Based Violence Interventions Initiatives - This section provides $2.5 billion in funding that the Attorney General, through the Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs, the Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and the Director of the Office on Violence Against Women, shall use to support evidence-informed intervention strategies to reduce community violence and ensure public safety. Section. 22003. Youth Workforce Investments Activities - This section provides $1,500,000,000 over a five-year period through September 30, 2026 for WIOA state grants for Youth Employment and Training Activities, paid work experience for in-school and out-of-school youth, and for partnering with community-based organizations to serve out-of-school youth, including in high-crime or high-poverty areas.

The Capping Drug Costs for Seniors Act, which creates a $2,000 out-of-pocket spending maximum for millions of seniors and people with disabilities who are enrolled in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

  • Included in Section. 139201. Medicare Part D Benefit Redesign - This provision caps the costs for prescription drugs by setting the annual out-of-pocket limit at $2,000 beginning in 2024 and lowers beneficiary coinsurance in the initial coverage phase to 23 percent.

The Health Providers Training Act, which allows hospitals to use the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program to better support low-income workers as they seek training and education for in-demand health care careers.

  • Included in Section. 134101. Pathways to Health Careers - Career Pathways Through Health Profession Opportunity Grants. Amends Title XX of the Social Security Act to authorize new HPOG competitive grants in states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and tribal communities.

The Dependent Income Exclusion Act, which makes health insurance more affordable for families with children in school who are working part-time, or who are enrolled in job training programs by allowing families to exclude specific dependent income when determining their eligibility for Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies.

  • Included in Section. 137307. Exclusion of Certain Dependent Income for Purposes of Premium Tax Credit – This section excludes certain dependent income through 2026 from the calculation of household income for purposes of determining 36B premium tax credit amounts. This would make health insurance more affordable for families with children in school who are working part-time, or who are enrolled in job training programs. This provision would allow families to exclude specific dependent income when determining their eligibility for Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies.

The Nursing Home Workforce Support and Expansion Act, which improves nursing home care by strengthening wages and benefits for long-term care workers.

  • Included in Section. 2041. Nursing Home Worker Training Grants - This section directly appropriates $415,696,400 for states for each of FY2023 through 2026 and $8,483,600 for Indian tribes and tribal organizations for FY2023 through FY2026 to invest in state worker recruitment and retention. It provides direct appropriations for grants to states to support workers providing aid, nursing, and social work services in post-acute and long-term care (LTC) settings. The grants are provided to states and territories, based on their population of adults over 65 years of age or with disabilities, and to tribes and tribal organizations through a consultation process.

The Dynamic Glass Act, which incentivizes the development and deployment of energy-efficient electrochromic glass to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Included in Section. 136102. Extension and Modification of Energy Credit - Newly eligible property: The Investment Tax Credit is expanded to include energy storage technology, biogas property, microgrid controllers, dynamic glass, and linear generators. These technologies are eligible for a 6% base credit rate or a 30% bonus credit rate through the end of 2026. Dynamic Glass (electrochromic glass) uses electricity to change its light transmittance properties to heat or cool a structure.

The Electric Power Infrastructure Improvement Act, which creates an investment tax credit to promote construction of regionally significant transmission projects across the nation.

  • Included in Section. 136105. Investment Credit for Electric Transmission Property - This provision provides for a tax credit for the basis of qualifying electric transmission property placed in service by the taxpayer. The provision provides for a base credit rate of 6% of the basis of qualified electric transmission property or a bonus credit rate of 30% of the basis of qualified electric transmission property. In order to claim the ITC at the bonus credit rate, taxpayers must satisfy 1.) prevailing wage requirements for the duration of the construction of the project and for five years after the project is placed into service, and 2.) apprenticeship requirements during the construction of the project.

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