Education and Labor Committee Begins Markup of Budget Reconciliation Bill

From the Majority Leader Press Shop:
This week, House committees begin marking up pieces of the American Rescue Plan to provide desperately needed relief to American families.
The House Education and Labor Committee holds their markup at 3:00 p.m. today, and we wanted to be sure you had a few stats in mind as you cover the markup:
  • Increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour would lift nearly a million Americans out of poverty, and 27 million workers would see a pay increase. [CNBC, 2/8/21]
    • In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, lifting wages for workers and providing assistance to low-income families is more essential than ever.
  • Students of color around the nation have experienced learning loss at a higher rate than their white counterparts, falling months behind due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [Washington Post, 12/6/20]
    • The American Rescue Plan would provide nearly $130 billion to help schools reopen safely, getting students back in the classroom and back on track to address the growing disparities in education.
    • The legislation also includes $40 billion for higher education institutions to help students experiencing hardships as a result of the pandemic.
  • More than 2 million women have dropped out of the workforce in the last year, and millions of parents haven’t returned to the workforce because of a lack of child care. [Bloomberg, 1/29/21]
    • This round of COVID-19 relief legislation provides $39 billion to the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program to make child care more affordable for American families.