Durbin: Build Back Better Will Save Middle-Class Families Money, Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke in support of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.  During his speech, Durbin highlighted key components of the framework that can help middle-class families save money and build a bright future for their children.

“To our Republican friends, if you're really concerned about the economic strain on middle-class and working families, you've got an opportunity to prove it this week. President Biden's Build Back Better agenda is moving forward. A vote to give 35 million families enhanced child tax credits will help them meet the cost of living. It will save them hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars a year. A vote for good, free early childhood education for every kid in America will put hundreds or thousands of dollars back in the hands of parents. And unlike the Trump tax cuts, the Build Back Better agenda is paid for. That's right, we pay for it. We're not adding to the deficit. And no one earning less than $400,000 a year will face higher taxes,” Durbin said.

Durbin also spoke on the importance of addressing climate change—which the Build Back Better agenda does—as President Biden attends the COP26 Summit in Glasgow.

“We're paying so much money out, almost on a weekly basis, for weather-related disasters. Hurricane Ida this year cost us $100 billion in damages…We need to work together to create a win for the American people and for our planet and wouldn't it be nice if it were bipartisan for a change?” Durbin said.

Video of Durbin’s floor speech is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s floor speech is available here.

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