U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman welcomed Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, to the Northeast Bronx YMCA on Friday. They were invited to advocate for the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Agenda and their policies to uplift working families.
“I’m incredibly proud to have had the chance to show Vice President Harris and Secretary Becerra what we’re about here in the Bronx, and to join them in the fight to uplift working families and bring the change that people deserve,” Bowman said.
At the event, Bowman called attention to the positive impact that the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit, has had for working families since its passage in May.
“I have seen firsthand in so many ways how the early years of a child’s life are the most precious and essential for development and putting our children on a pathway to success and opportunity,” he said. “We need to focus on investing in those formative years so that kids can grow up healthy, realize their potential, and have better outcomes over the course of their lives.”
At the event, they were joined by Gov. Kathy Hochul, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and local elected officials and community members at the Northeast Bronx YMCA in Edenwald.
The facility is the first new YMCA in the Bronx in more than 30 years and opened in September after decades of advocacy by local activists and elected officials.
“At every level of government, it’s our job to make sure that we turn a new page to ensure communities like Edenwald are given targeted and reparative investments,” Bowman said. “That starts with the Biden administration’s Build Back Better Agenda. With bold, public investments in care for people, communities, and the environment, we can anchor the rebirth of our country and secure our future.”
The full video of the event can be watched here.