|House Passes Build Back Better Act|
SUMMARY: Today, the House passed the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376), which includes a new paid family leave program with partial wage replacement, a tax deduction for union dues and significant investments in the IRS. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Today, the House passed the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376), which includes many provisions of the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better proposal. The bill includes a provision that would allow up to $250 in union dues to be claimed as an above-the line tax deduction, a new family leave program and significant investments in the IRS.
The new paid family leave program would provide partial wage replacement for up to four (4) weeks of leave a year for leave currently available as unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If enacted, this new benefit, which is available to full and part time workers in both the public and private sector, would be in addition to the newly implemented paid parental leave benefit and provide federal employees with additional partial paid leave option to care for themselves or a sick family member.
In addition, the bill would fully fund the Biden Administration’s mandatory funding proposal for the IRS by providing it with roughly $80 billion in funding over the next ten years. This funding, which would gradually ramp up each year, would facilitate the hiring and training of more than 86,000 employees and is expected to generate more than $400 billion in tax revenue over the course of the next decade. Overall funding for the IRS has decreased more than 22 percent since FY 2010, resulting in the loss of 15,000 employees between 2010 and 2020, including many frontline enforcement personnel that reduced the ability of the IRS to collect tax revenue that funds government operations.
Consideration of this legislation now moves to the Senate which is expected to consider it in the coming weeks. As Congress continues to work on this legislation, NTEU will work with our supporters to ensure these priorities remain in the bill.
Separately, Congress continues negotiations on a deal to fund federal agencies for the remainder of FY 2022. As you know, government funding under the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on December 3. NTEU will continue to urge Congress to act quickly to fully fund federal agencies before the deadline.