Congressman Higgins Welcomes Federal Focus on Families and Neighborhoods in President Biden’s Address to Congress
Following President Joe Biden’s public address before a joint session of Congress, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is encouraged by the new federal focus on families and neighborhoods.
Higgins said, “For too long the focus has been on Wall Street versus Main Street, disregarding the needs of the neighborhood streets where real people live and real people struggle. The President spoke to the heart of what families today commonly deal with: paying for child care, college and healthcare. Out of control costs for basic family needs and limited availability of good paying jobs have led to a disappearing middle class and the growth of income inequality in America. With investments in people and communities we have a real opportunity to change the opportunity trajectory for families.”
President Biden used the address to detail the new American Families Plan, a once in a generation investment in initiatives that create good paying jobs and build opportunities for children and families.
The plan proposes a four-year extension of the Child Tax Credit expansion approved under the American Rescue Plan. The measure increases the credit available to families from $2,000 to $3,000 per child and $3,600 per child under the age of 6 and makes the credit available in advance payments delivered to families monthly. Congressman Higgins recently noted this provision would benefit 91% of the children in NY-26 and nearly 400,000 children in Western New York.
Congressman Higgins, who serves as Co-chair of the Congressional Cancer Caucus and the founding member of the National Institutes of Health Caucus, applauded the President's desire to invest in breakthrough medical discoveries for health conditions that are devastating families like Alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer.
The President is also calling for the United States to address paid family leave, an issue Congressman Higgins discussed during a recent Ways and Means Committee hearing. When compared to 40 other nations, the US is the only nation that fails to offer workers paid family leave.
Biden urged Congress to approve the American Jobs Plan calling it a “blue-collar blueprint to build America.” Higgins, who has long advocated for a greater federal investment in infrastructure supports the American Jobs Plan which would invest $621 billion in transportation infrastructure, protect clean water, rebuild neighborhoods and create jobs.