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October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement in support of President Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act:

“Last year, Americans across the country came together to elect Joe Biden and Democrats with a mandate to deliver an agenda For the People, which will meet this moment of immense crisis. I’m proud to support the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act unveiled by President Biden today.

Among other provisions, we will guarantee universal child care for working families; deliver bold, job-creating climate action; expand Medicare to include hearing; and continue to cut child poverty in half through an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit. I’m thrilled that as part of this bill, we will pass core tenets of my Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, including a 7 percent income cap on the cost of child care, which will be transformative for tens of thousands of working families in New York’s 17th Congressional District, and millions more throughout the country. 

These critical investments would not have been possible without the leadership of the Progressive Caucus, of which I’m proud to be a Deputy Whip. By holding the line and insisting upon passage of both bills, we forced Senators Manchin and Sinema to come to the negotiating table in good faith. I will always stand up for working families throughout Westchester and Rockland, and our great country.”

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.