Less than two weeks after she failed New Mexicans by voting against the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Representative Yvette Herrell is doubling down by voting against the Build Back Better Act, despite its many benefits for New Mexicans.
The bill passed the House of Representatives this morning with widespread support, including from Democrats Teresa Leger Fernandez and Melanie Stansbury.
“Representative Herrell is trying to undermine historic investments in child care, education, and health care so that she can impress her friends in Washington DC,” said DPNM Chair Jessica Velasquez. “It’s disappointing, though not surprising, that she continues to put party politics ahead of the wellbeing of Southern New Mexicans.”
New Mexico stands to benefit tremendously from the Build Back Better Act. The bill will deliver for New Mexico by:
- Cutting taxes for working families: This bill will reduce childhood poverty by extending the expanded Child Tax Credit increases of up to $300 per month per child and provide a tax cut of up to $1,500 for 132,000 workers in New Mexico.
- Lowering health care costs: The Build Back Better Act will close the Medicaid coverage gap to help millions of Americans gain health insurance, extend through 2025 the American Rescue Plan’s health insurance premium reductions for those who buy coverage on their own, and help older Americans access affordable hearing care by expanding Medicare. In New Mexico, that means 42,000 uninsured people will gain coverage and 24,900 will on average save hundreds of dollars per year.
- Lowering child care & family care costs: This legislation will provide access to child care for 121,518 young children per year from families earning under 2.5 times the New Mexico median income, ensuring these families pay no more than 7% of their income on high-quality child care. It will also expand access to free, high-quality preschool to more than 34,904 additional 3- and 4-year-olds per year and increase the quality of preschool for children who are already enrolled.
- Investing in quality education: To help unlock the opportunities of an education beyond high school, the Build Back Better framework will increase maximum Pell Grant awards by $550 for students at public and private non-profit institutions, supporting the 33,757 students in New Mexico who rely on Pell.
- Making the largest investment to combat the climate crisis in history: This bill cuts pollution, reduces energy costs, creates good-paying jobs with a transformational investment to ensure America leads the clean energy economy.