CAPAC Chair Endorses President Biden’s Build Back Better Framework

Washington, DC – 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.