Rep. Omar Passes Amendment in Build Back Better Act Markup

September 10, 2021
Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS – The House Committee on Education and Labor today passed its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which invests $761 billion to lower the cost of child care and education, help Americans secure good-paying jobs, and increase support for our nation’s children. The bill includes two years of fully funded free community college, an increase in Pell Grants, DREAMER eligibility for federal student aid, and nutrition assistance increases for nearly 9 million children.

The final bill included an amendment Rep. Omar cosponsored with Reps. Sherrill, Jones, Bowman, and Jayapal to cap child care costs at 7 percent of a family’s income, allowing all families to benefit from this program.

“This is a historic moment,” said Rep. Omar. “This portion of the Build Back Better Act makes historic investments in good-paying jobs, invests in our schools, helps tackle the climate crisis and for the first time invests in universal childcare. We have a once-in-a-generation to address our country’s fundamental needs and I look forward to making this bill a reality.” 

For a fact sheet on the Committee’s portion of the Build Back Better Act, click here

For text of the Committee’s print of the Build Back Better Act, click here

For the childcare amendment, click here