Emma Shainwald


November 19th, 2021

Washington, D.C.—NCAPA issued the following statement after the House passage of the Build Back Better Act by a vote of 220-213. This bill provides a massive $1.75 trillion dollar investment in areas of human capital, public education, clean energy, home care, and more.

NCAPA applauds the Members of Congress who moved this bill forward to make key investments in AANHPI communities, such as AANAPISIs, community health centers, affordable housing units, free child care, and combating pollution.

However, there have been many essential provisions that have been left out, namely, a pathway to citizenship. While this bill will positively impact many of the members of our community, it leaves many others behind.

The passage of the Build Back Better Act in the House is an important first step. We call on Senate to pass the bill and find meaningful solutions for a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented people.


Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of thirty-eight national Asian Pacific American organizations that represent the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns.