WASHINGTON, DC — On the heels of yesterday’s election, speculation is high as to when Congress will fully move forward to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan and the Build Back Better Framework with Representative Pramila Jayapal stating today that the House will get it done this week. Today, dozens of leading climate and environmental justice groups, including LCV, sent a letter to President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and every Democrat in the House & Senate telling Democrats to immediately pass both the Build Back Better Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The groups urged the Congressional majority to stick with the commitment to pass both bills this week, and finish the job so America can truly meet the Climate Test by putting us on a path to cut pollution in half by 2030.
The letter sent today to Democrats read in part: “Congress needs to get this done and failure is not an option. We cannot miss this moment. Put simply: A vote against the Build Back Better Act will be a vote against climate action, environmental justice, and the future of our nation…we are calling on Congress to move immediately to pass both packages.”
The Build Back Better Act would position the United States to take on the threat of climate change, create millions of clean energy jobs, reduce costs for families, and ensure communities on the frontline of climate change aren’t left behind as the nation builds the next generation of energy.
Over the past year – as communities in every corner across the country suffered from climate driven extreme weather, power outages, and outrageous energy costs – public demand for climate action has grown into a leading issue. The vast majority of Americans want Congress to act on climate change, and start benefiting from that action in the way of jobs, lower energy costs, less pollution, and a more stable climate for generations to come. The Build Back Better Act is a direct response to those demands and will serve as a critical foundation for more action on a local, state, and federal level during this most decisive decade for our planet.
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