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KITV 4 Island News: House passes 'Build Back Better' act

November 22, 2021

WASHINGTON (KITV)- In a mostly party-line, the U.S. House passed the 'Build Back Better' Act, which has been a major goal of the Biden administration.

The nearly $2 trillion spending plan covers everything from child care to climate change.

Both of Hawaii's House members, Ed Case and Kai Kahele joined fellow Democrats in the supporting the bill.

"It's one of the most historic, transformative, significant, monumental bills ever passed in modern American history," Kahele told KITV4.

The bill includes $555 billion in spending to tackle climate change, and also includes funding for universal pre-K and paid family and medical leave.

Unlike the recently passed infrastructure bill, some of the benefits for Hawaii would happen immediately.

"I think we're going to see it immediately, there's over 150 billion dollars for affordable housing, there's the extension for one year of the child tax credit that will be an immediate impact to Hawaii working families that will continue to get that tax credit starting the month of January, and there's big transformative programs that are gonna roll out as quick as possible," Kahele says.

The bill still has to be voted on the Senate.  Both of Hawaii's Senators, Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono support the bill.