Washington, D.C. — In response to the infrastructure package introduced by Senate Republicans today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:
“The infrastructure proposal put forward by Senate Republicans is unacceptable and flies in the face of what voters — Republicans, Independents, and Democrats alike — are asking for: action on the climate crisis centered in justice and equity. And it’s shameful to see this plan introduced on Earth Day, of all days, with no mention of climate, clean energy, environmental justice, or good-paying union jobs.
“The American Jobs Plan has the backing of labor unions, environmental organizations, environmental justice leaders, businesses, and local leaders from across the country — it’s not just good policy, it’s good politics. It’s disappointing to see Senate Republicans once again putting the special interests of big polluters first and failing to provide the investments required to propel our nation forward and ensure no community is left behind. When it comes to the climate crisis, time is not on our side. President Biden has proposed a transformational plan, and we are counting on Congress to seize this once-in a-generation opportunity.”
Yesterday, more than 1,200 state and local elected officials from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. released a letter calling on Congress to pass President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. Read the full letter here. Additionally, new polling shows overwhelming and growing support for the American Jobs Plan and the inclusion of climate action in the proposal, with 68% supporting the plan after a short description and support growing to 71% after additional information is presented.