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AAPI Organization’s Statements on the “Build Back Better Act”
CAPAC Chair endorses President Biden’s “build Back Better Framework
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement endorsing President Biden's Build Back Better Framework:
“As we emerge from the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we need to make investments in our economy that will put more Americans to work and help more Americans get to work. That means investing in both physical infrastructure like roads and bridges as well as human infrastructure like child care — both of which are absolute necessities for our economy. That is why I am proud to endorse President Biden’s Build Back Better Framework, which will do exactly that. The priorities laid out in the President’s plan spell out a transformational bill that will make historic investments in the future of Americans, including programs like universal pre-k, expanded healthcare, and clean energy. The bill also includes many programs that will provide new employment opportunities, as well as support that allow families to have the flexibility to return to the workforce.
“The President’s Build Back Better Framework is especially significant for the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community which has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, experiencing some of the highest rates of infection, mortality, and long-term unemployment. Under President Biden’s Build Back Better Framework, these communities will stand to benefit immensely from the historic investments in affordable housing, childcare, and small business relief. Additionally, the historic investments in healthcare will have direct benefits for uninsured AAPI families, helping 197,000 uninsured AA and NHPI people save an average of $50 per person per month through the Affordable Care Act. The framework also adds hearing coverage for the more than 2.3 million AAPI people on Medicare. I am also incredibly pleased that this Framework includes significant steps towards fixing our immigration system with a $100 billion investment to provide long awaited relief to millions of immigrants, reduce the visa backlog, expand legal representation, and make the asylum system more efficient and humane.
“I am glad to see the Build Back Better Framework commit to supporting so many necessary programs for American families, while ensuring that all communities have been included. I believe that investments in our physical infrastructure must be met by investments in the families and individuals who build, use, and maintain it. That is why I am proud of this Build Back Better Framework and am eager to pass it along with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, so that we can get to work improving the lives of all Americans.
Bob Sakaniwa, Senior Policy Advisor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), issued the following statement after President Joseph R. Biden announced the framework for the Build Back Better Act:
“The White House and Congressional leaders announced today they have agreed on a framework for the revised Build Back Better Act, a $1.75 trillion dollar reconciliation package that includes a historic investment in human capital, immigration, public education, clean energy, and more. While the Build Back Better Act does not please all parties, it is a momentous and consequential piece of legislation that will improve the lives of millions, including Asian and Pacific Islander populations across the United States.”
“When our communities went to the polls in 2020, they voted on these issues — and expected our elected leaders to deliver. AAPIs want a government that produces results and responds to their needs and concerns. Our electorate came out in historic numbers, in spite of the personal threat of violence, hate, and infection in 2020, and their demands should be heard and acted upon. We urge Congress to promptly pass this legislation and send it to the President’s desk to show our government remains able to deliver for the American people.”
The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans issued the following statement in response to the revised framework for the Build Back Better agenda.
“The agreement resulting from negotiations between the White House and Congress makes historic investments in American families and our country’s infrastructure.
”This bipartisan agreement is a remarkable accomplishment during a time when toxic partisanship has hardened our political discourse and nearly ground collective progress to a halt. While we are thrilled with a number of provisions in the agreement, including investments in our communities, families, education and well-being, this is still very much a compromise that has left a great deal of work unfinished.
”We applaud the leadership of the White House and Congress, as well as the work of our member organizations who have been engaged on a number of provisions within the agreement for months.
”We will celebrate this victory when it is the law of the land. And then continue to fight for the progress that remains unrealized.”