Gov. Hogan urges U.S. Senate to reject Build Back Better Act after it passes through House

Governor Larry Hogan released a statement today criticizing the Biden Administration’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 220-213.

 

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Hogan said the following:

“For the past seven years, Maryland has had the greatest economic turnaround in America because we’ve cut taxes, restored fiscal responsibility, reduced the cost of living for working families, and made smart investments in our infrastructure.

The Build Back Better Act is the exact opposite approach—it’s nothing but a reckless grab bag of massive tax hikes, Democratic Party wish list items, and handouts to special interests. It’s another example of Washington catering to the extremes at the expense of the overwhelming majority of the American people.

During normal times, this legislation would be a bad idea. During a time when our nation’s economic recovery is stalling and inflation is already skyrocketing, this bill is a complete disaster for struggling families and small businesses in Maryland and across the country.”

The White House has released a series of briefs that detail what the Build Back Better Act would bring to each state. For Maryalnd, this includes job training programs, education grants, expanding access to child care, and income tax credits. 

A number of health care provisions also appear on the framework: 

  • Health insurance premium reductions through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) will extend through 2025, leading to an estimated 34,000 Marylanders gaining coverage
  • Support for long-term care and community-based services in the form of staff wage increases
  • Initiatives that address social determinants of health, such as expanding child care access for families earning under 2.5 times the median state income and expanding free school meals, and rent assistance