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Nevada State AFL-CIO Praises Passage of Build Back Better Act for Nevada’s Union Families

Shelbie Swartz
19 Nov, 2021
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Las Vegas, Nev.  Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376). Representatives Susie Lee (NV-03), Dina Titus (NV-01), and Steven Horsford (NV-04) all voted to pass this transformational bill that will provide child care and elder care for millions of families, expand health care and paid leave, and support worker union organizing.

“By supporting the Build Back Better Act, Reps. Susie Lee, Dina Titus, and Steven Horsford stood by our members in bettering the lives of union members across the country and right here at home in Nevada,” said Susie Martinez, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO. “The Build Back Better Act, forged by President Biden and supported by union members across our state, will give teeth to protections in place for workers organizing their workplaces, create millions of good-paying union jobs and enable more people to reach their full potential and share in the nation’s economic growth. This is the agenda that union members voted for in the 2020 election, and we need to bring these victories back home to our members.”

The Build Back Better Act will:

  • Expand access to free, high-quality preschool to more than 65,895 additional 3- and 4-year-olds per year and increase the quality of preschool for children who are already enrolled.

  • Expand access to home- and community-based care to more of Nevada’s senior citizens and disabled citizens, and improve the quality and wages of caregiving jobs.

  • Set the United States on course to meet its climate targets—a 50-52% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030—in a way that creates good-paying union jobs, grows domestic industries, and advances environmental justice.

  • Create a new Civilian Climate Corps that will enlist a diverse generation of Nevadans in conserving our public lands, bolstering community resilience, and addressing the changing climate, all while putting good-paying union jobs within reach. 

  • Invest 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.

  • Expand rental assistance for Nevada renters, while also increasing the supply of high-quality housing through the construction and rehabilitation of over 1 million affordable housing units nationwide.

  • Extend Child Tax Credit (CTC) increases of $300/month per child under 6 or $250/month per child ages 6 to 17. This will continue the largest one-year reduction in child poverty in history.

  • Provide a tax cut of up to $1,500 in tax cuts for 175,300 workers in Nevada by extending the American Rescue Plan’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansion.