Build Back Better Act Fact Sheet

Transformative Investments for Children and Caregivers  

  • As of 2024, all workers will be eligible for up to four weeks of paid leave for new parents, workers dealing with their own serious medical conditions, and workers who need leave to care for a loved one with a serious medical issue 

  • Provides access to high-quality, universal, free, inclusive, and mixed-delivery preschool for 138,156 eligible preschoolers in Maryland  

  • Provides access to affordable and high-quality childcare to 370,000 young children in Maryland, costing eligible parents no more than 7% of their annual household income 

  • Extends the Enhanced Child Tax Credit for households earning up to $150,000  

  • Provides an additional 55,000 Maryland students access to healthy and free school meals and another 430,954 children resources to access summer food options 

Addressing the Climate Emergency 

  • Provides $4 billion for reduction of carbon pollution in the surface transportation sector 

  • Extends the production tax credit which allows energy producers to claim a credit based on electricity produced from renewable energy sources 

  • Establishes a Civilian Climate Corps to address extreme weather, legacy pollution, and will create good-paying union jobs for Marylanders  

  • Provides $25 million in funding for Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which will allocate 40% of the overall benefits of relevant federal investments towards communities hit hardest by climate change.  

Critical Health Care Expansions  

  • Expands 34,000 uninsured Marylander's access to healthcare and includes hearing benefits  

  • Gives the Health and Human Services Secretary the ability to negotiate lower drug prices 

  • Caps out-of-pocket costs on drug spending in Medicare 

  • Investments to diversify the doula, midwife, and OBGYN workforce   

Lowering the Cost of Higher Education 

  • Increases the maximum Pell grant award by $550 to support over 84,000 students in Maryland who rely on Pell. 

  • Expansion of federal student aid eligibility to Dreamers and students with temporary protected status (TPS)  

  • Maryland’s 17 minority-serving institutions and HBCUs will have access to grants that improve long-term capacity and development infrastructure  

  • Investment to enhance Maryland’s 16 public community colleges’ workforce programs, sector-based training, and apprenticeships  

Addressing America’s Housing Crisis 

  • Provides 353,000 Maryland renters tenant-based rental assistance 

  • Provides $65 billion to repair the nation’s public housing 

  • Provides $25 billion to fund the construction, purchase, or rehabilitation of over 314,000 affordable housing units 

  • Provides $3.05 billion in Community Development Block Grant funding for affordable housing and community infrastructure  

  • Provides $1 billion in grants to help minority-owned businesses expand their operations