PRESS RELEASE: SENS. WYDEN, PADILLA: BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL SHOULD BE COUPLED WITH A RECONCILIATION PACKAGE ADDRESSING CLEAN ENERGY, CARE; ECHO WHITE HOUSE PLEDGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
June 24, 2021

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Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director, Invest in America Action
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Jason Phelps, Director of National Media, Climate Power 
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SENS. WYDEN, PADILLA: BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL SHOULD BE COUPLED WITH A RECONCILIATION PACKAGE ADDRESSING CLEAN ENERGY, CARE; ECHO WHITE HOUSE PLEDGE

President Joe Biden: “If this (bipartisan deal) is the only thing that comes to me, I’m not signing it.”

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR): “We must pass two bills that are directly connected with a strong focus of meeting the moment that we are in”

Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA): “The bipartisan proposal represents one piece of a larger package, and these two tracks have to move together to deliver for the American people”

Invest in America Action Senior Advisor Zac Petkanas: “Any bipartisan deal that leaves out job-creating investments in clean energy, caregiving, and school construction must not be the only step towards building back better. This is a sentiment that is clearly shared by the White House. ”

Climate Power Executive Director Lori Lodes: “[Congress needs] to use every tool they have to make sure bold climate action moves simultaneously with any infrastructure bill”

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Biden and a group of bipartisan senators struck a deal on an infrastructure package. As the White House made clear, the only pathway forward for this framework is to link it to a reconciliation package that addresses the rising threat of climate change and invests in the ever-expanding care economy.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), Invest in America Action Senior Advisor Zac Petkanas, and Climate Power Executive Director Lori Lodes made the following statements on a press call hosted by Invest in America Action and Climate Power on the subject:

“It is essential that as the Congress goes forward with bipartisan legislation, it also tackles a broader package — we cannot throw priorities like climate, prescription drugs, and tax fairness overboard,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). “Democrats were elected to achieve big, bold accomplishments, and we have a unique opportunity to tackle the biggest challenges of our time. We must pass two bills that are directly connected with a strong focus of meeting the moment that we are in. We have a lot to do, and the American people are with us.”

“The bipartisan proposal represents one piece of a larger package, and these two tracks have to move together to deliver for the American people,” said Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA). “We need to address the climate crisis, fix our broken immigration system, and invest in our care economy — and the financial burden cannot be placed on the middle class. We need to focus on building an equitable, sustainable economy.”

“Any bipartisan deal that leaves out job-creating investments in clean energy, caregiving, and school construction must not be the only step towards building back better — not when millions of jobs are at stake and a climate emergency is brewing,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “This is a sentiment that is clearly shared by the White House. With so much at stake, it is clear we must continue to move forward with the Build Back Better priorities through a parallel reconciliation package that doesn’t leave a single job on the table.”

“This is our climate moment,” said Lori Lodes, Climate Power Executive Director. “Firefighters and first responders are using every tool they have to protect people and lessen the damage of wildfires, heatwaves, hurricanes, drought, and flooding. Congress needs to follow their example and do the same. They need to use every tool they have to make sure bold climate action moves simultaneously with any infrastructure bill.”

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

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