January 31, 2022
On President Biden’s first day in office, he signed an executive order that effectively put federal lawmakers on notice: advancing racial equity will be a central feature of the administration’s agenda.
The White House is taking visible steps toward this commitment. The executive order created an equitable data working group so the government can better understand race-based disparities. At the end of last year, the Treasury Department announced that it would begin looking at tax policy through a race equity lens by analyzing stimulus payments by race. And earlier this month, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen acknowledged that the economy hasn’t ever worked fairly for people of color.
A more immediate step toward advancing racial equity is the president’s Build Back Better proposal. Past discrimination and ongoing injustices in the labor market and education have given white families an economic advantage. Through this bill, Congress has a unique opportunity to work with the Biden administration to ensure that all people are provided with the chance to lead healthy lives, have access to quality education, are treated fairly and justly, and thrive in today’s economy.
The Build Back Better Act passed the House last November
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