September 9, 2021
Education and Labor Committee unveils $761B reconciliation package
On September 8, the House Education and Labor Committee announced that the Committee will mark up its portion of the Build Back Better Act tomorrow (Thursday, September 9). Their $761 billion package includes proposals to lower the cost of child care and secure universal pre-K for 3-and 4-year olds; provide two years of tuition-free community college and expand the value of Pell Grants; invest in America's public school infrastructure; fund public workforce development programs; expand child nutrition programs, and more.
"The Education and Labor Committee's portion of the Build Back Better Act makes historic investments that will lower costs for nearly every family, create good-paying jobs for American workers, and provide our nation's children the strong foundation they deserve," said Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA). "I look forward to bringing this transformative proposal one step closer to President Biden's desk."
Key proposals include:
The proposal also provides for new Department of Labor (DOL) authorities to levy civil monetary penalties against health insurers and plan sponsors for mental health parity violations, in line with the Parity Enforcement Act (H.R. 1364). Key provisions of the PRO Act (H.R. 842) are also included, incorporating substantial penalties for violations of the National Labor Relations Act that allow for as much as $50,000 per labor violation and $100,000 in fines if the violation results in an employee getting fired.