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House Democrats Unveil Key Parts of their $3.5 Trillion Budget Reconciliation Bill

On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, the House Democratic Leadership unveiled key parts of their $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which would enact the bulk of President Biden’s economic agenda including the coverage of dental, hearing and vision benefits by Medicare.  Additionally, the bill would include new spending to enact free college, a boost to the Pell Grant for low-income college students, funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as expanded child care and universal pre-K.   The bill would mandate universal paid family leave, along with increased wages for childcare workers, a new requirement for employers to automatically enroll employees in retirement plans, and funding for recruiting more elder-care workers.