Congressman Bennie Thompson voted for the Build Back Better Act, which delivers once-in-a-generation action to bring down the everyday costs that burden Mississippi families.
Thompson said this landmark legislation creates good paying jobs, cuts middle class taxes, and lowers the costs of health care, childcare, and family care to be fully paid for by holding the wealthiest few and biggest corporations liable to pay their fair share.
Details of the Build Back Better Act's impact on Mississippi are:
- 159,000 uninsured Mississippians will gain healthcare insurance.
- Help mitigate future natural disasters in the state.
- Extend the Child Tax Credit.
- Provide access to childcare for about 180,000 young children.
- Extends Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Pell grants will be increased by $550.
- Provide a tax cut of up to $1,500 for 281,900 low-wage Mississippi.
- Expand access to home- and community-based care to more of Mississippi’s senior citizens and disabled citizens.
- Improve the quality and wages of caregiving jobs.
- Expand rental assistance.
- Increase the supply of high-quality housing.
“The Biden Administration has once again delivered for Mississippi," said Thompson. "It was my honor to vote for legislation that presents such tremendous opportunities for our state.
Thompson urged his fellow lawmakers in the Senate to also vote for the legislation.
"Now the Senate has the opportunity to support the Build Back Better Act, and it is my hope that they do so," said Thompson. "Not just for the benefit or our state, but for the entire country.”
Congressman Thompson, 73, has been serving as the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's Second Congressional District since 1993. A member of the Democratic Party, he has been the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security since 2019, previously holding the position from 2007 to 2011.
Thompson most recently visited Clarksdale this spring with the grand opening of Delta Health Systems - Clarksdale Hospital where he spoke on funding for rural healthcare and Medicare/Medicaid expansion. He also visited Coahoma Community College and spoke to students in May 2019.