PRESS RELEASE: WHAT ADVOCATES ARE SAYING ON THE HISTORIC BUILD BACK BETTER FRAMEWORK

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October 28, 2021

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WHAT ADVOCATES ARE SAYING ON THE HISTORIC BUILD BACK BETTER FRAMEWORK

Former President Barack Obama: “…once in a while, it’s still possible to take a giant leap forward. That’s what the Build Back Better framework represents.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, after President Biden’s announcement of transformational investments to rebuild the middle class through the Build Back Better Framework, leaders and advocates weighed in to show their support for these once-in-a-generation commitments to tackle the climate crisis, expand access to affordable health care, make our immigration system more just and humane, invest in childcare and caregiving, extend the Child Tax Credit, establish universal preschool, and more.

Here’s a look at what advocacy organizations are saying about the Build Back Better Framework — from climate, care, education, health, immigration, labor, and beyond: 

GENERAL 
American Bridge: “Thanks to Democrats in Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration’s bipartisan agenda, America will once again prioritize workers and middle-class families over the billionaires who got a sweetheart deal under the last administration and Republican leadership.”

Building Back Together: “The President came into office promising to find common ground and he has delivered. This transformative framework will grow our economy from the bottom up and middle out to benefit everyone — not just those at the top. Importantly, the President has kept his promise to pay for his plans without raising taxes on any American making less than $400,000 a year by ensuring the ultra-wealthy and large corporations finally pay their fair share.”

Center for American Progress: “The announcement of today’s Build Back Better framework marks a new beginning for American families, our economy, and our planet. With the Build Back Better Act, President Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress are on the precipice of passing the most consequential economic legislation in 50 years.”

Invest in America: “If passed, this framework would achieve three things: create millions of jobs, lower everyday costs for families and cut taxes for the middle-class…This legislation will be groundbreaking and — paired with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal — will lead to enormous economic growth while reducing the growing inequities in our economy.”

CLIMATE 
Clean Energy for America: “As clean energy businesses, workers, and entrepreneurs continue working hard to deliver the most innovative and accessible clean energy technologies to the American people, President Biden and Congress have an opportunity to accelerate the growth of this critical sector of our economy by delivering historic long-term investments in clean energy in the Build Back Better Act (BBBA).”

Climate Action Campaign: “We need more clean energy, the jobs that a clean economy will deliver, and we need to right the wrongs of decades of environmental injustice. Congress can and should do all of that and more with the big, bold investments in the Build Back Better Act. Congress must move swiftly to advance this bill and deliver for all of us.”

Climate Power: “This is our climate moment. The historic climate investments in the Build Back Better framework put our nation on the path to cut pollution in half by 2030. It’s a huge opportunity for Congress to take on the climate crisis and make a bold investment in our country’s future.”

Corazón Latino: “The proposed legislation provides the path forward that we need to launch an equitable economic recovery and ensure the environmental progress that will allow our families the best opportunities to thrive.”

Environment America: “This bill would usher in a decade of clean energy growth and make renewables less expensive for consumers and businesses—a win-win for Americans and our environment.”

Environmental Defense Fund: “The Build Back Better Act represents a significant step toward a healthier, safer and more stable future. By making major investments in the transportation, electric power and industrial sectors — the three biggest sources of climate pollution — the framework announced today will accelerate our transition to a clean economy that delivers millions of new jobs, fights climate change and promotes a healthier and more equitable America.”

League of Conservation Voters: “It’s a historic day for people and the planet. Once passed, this framework for the Build Back Better Act will be the strongest action the United States has ever taken to combat the climate crisis. We commend President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, and environmental champions throughout Congress for this framework that will help put the U.S. on the path to cutting our climate pollution in half by 2030, invest directly in communities of color too often left behind, and create good-paying union jobs.”

National Wildlife Federation: “The president has always said that when he thinks about climate change, he thinks about jobs, and this framework delivers on that vision by creating millions of good paying jobs manufacturing and deploying clean energy and cleaner products, confronting long-standing environmental injustices, and restoring natural infrastructure to bolster community resilience.”

The Nature Conservancy: “The Build Back Better framework includes greater investments and stronger policies to address the climate crisis than we’ve seen before, and those can’t come soon enough. This bill would make important progress toward getting us where we need to be, so we’re encouraged and hopeful to get this enacted and seize the momentum for more to come.”

NRDC: “This is historic progress when we need it most, the nation’s strongest climate investment ever. Once enacted, this will provide a record $550 billion to help advance the shift to cleaner, smarter ways to power our future.”

Sierra Club: “We congratulate President Biden and Congressional Democrats for advancing a bold vision for historic climate action as part of the Build Back Better Act. Now, we urge all parties to embrace a full agreement that includes the critical details and advance final legislative text to ensure that we meet the President’s goal of cutting climate pollution in half by 2030 while supporting racial, economic, and environmental justice.”

Union of Concerned Scientists: ““The framework includes historic investments that would begin to address environmental injustices, such as legacy pollution, which have caused harm and suffering predominantly to Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.”

CARE AND FAMILIES
NWLC, Melissa Boteach: HUGE day for #childcare & early learning:  #BuildBackBetter framework includes historic $400B investment for: universal pre-K for 3 & 4 YOs, child care for 20 MILLION kids, living wages for early educators, costs capped @ 7% of income for families

Julie Kashen, Century Foundation: The #BuildBackBetter framework is transformative for children and families:
-Saves vast majority of families more than 1/2 of their spending on child care
-Two yrs free preschool for every 3- and 4-year-old
-Expands home care for older Americans & people with disabilities.

Little Lobbyists: The inclusion $150B for home & community based services is an historic investment that will improve the lives of disabled people & caregivers. We look forward to continuing the work to #BuildBackBetter to create the future all our families deserve.

SEIU: “The inclusion of a first-of-its-kind investment in home care will raise wages, ensure a voice on the job for millions of home care workers — the Black, Latina, Asian Pacific Islander, Indigenous, and immigrant women hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic — and expand affordable, quality care for America’s seniors, people with disabilities and others who need it.”

Share Our Strength: “The proposal announced today is a game changer for millions of kids. It contains historic investments in critical programs that are helping to feed more kids than ever before…These programs are essential in feeding children, providing a ladder out of poverty and investing in a strong new generation.”

Supermajority: “Thanks to millions of women voters, our government is finally going to invest significantly in care and families. We are going to get universal preschool, an extended child tax credit, support for home care workers, and other long-overdue support systems for women, especially Black and Brown women, who time and time again have been left behind.”

Vicki Shabo, New America/NPWF: The #BuildBackBetter deal includes a lot of important, long-overdue and much needed investments, especially in #childcare #CTC and #HCBS. And we will keep fighting to see if there’s a path for #paidleave before the ink is dry. Both of these things are true. #PaidLeaveCantWait

Women Effect Action Fund (WEAF): “The Build Back Better Act framework’s investments in affordable child care and care for older Amercans and people with disabilities represent a historic step for women and families. For the first time, our government recognizes caregiving as a national priority. Help is here.”

EDUCATION 
CAP Early Education: The #BuildBackBetter Framework is the most transformative early learning investment in generations! It includes:
1. Universal, free preschool for all 3-and 4-year olds
2. Expanded access to affordable child care for as many as 20 million children

First Five Years Fund: “We cannot overstate the historic nature of this proposed investment and the positive, lasting impact it will have on working families — and early educators who have been forced to scrape by on low wages that don’t reflect the crucial skilled labor they provide to their communities.”

NEA: “Like the investments made to help working families during the New Deal and Great Society eras, President Biden’s Build Back Better Act will be the most significant investment in our country’s social safety net in more than half a century.”

HEALTH CARE 
Community Catalyst: “We applaud President Biden and congressional leaders for prioritizing investments that would improve people’s health and advance health equity and racial justice in the Build Back Better legislation.”

Protect Our Care: “Thanks to the leadership of President Biden, Democrats are going to pass the most significant expansion to health care since the Affordable Care Act…Today’s announcement shows President Biden and Democrats in Congress are working to deliver on a future where health care is a right, not a privilege.”

IMMIGRATION 
America’s Voice: “This is another big step toward fulfilling promises, transforming lives and investing in the future of America.

We Are Home: “This is a huge step forward for the country and one step closer to our goal of modernizing and improving our nation’s immigration laws. From the beginning of the Biden presidency, our campaign has been fighting for breakthrough legislation to transform the lives of America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, and today we are in the package and full speed ahead to passage.

Community Change Action: “Our communities voted for President Biden and a Democratic Congress to take our country towards a new vision for the economy. This framework on the Build Back Better Act takes great steps towards achieving that vision and now we need to pass it.”

Families Belong Together:  “Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction for our immigrant community who are the backbone of our country’s economy. Now is the time to give back to the people who have risked their lives to keep us safe and put food on our tables, who are too often overlooked and taken for granted.”

FIRM Action: The $100 billion in the White House’s Build Back Better framework to update our immigration system is a crucial step toward that promise. Overall, the framework is a long overdue step toward transforming our economy, and will help millions of Black and Latinx people take care of their families.

FWD.us: “Immigration relief is vital to our nation’s continued recovery, and to ensuring that millions of immigrant families can remain together and more fully contribute to the communities…We are glad the White House and Senate Leadership Continue to be confident in the inclusion of immigration relief in the reconciliation package.”

LABOR
AFSCME: “The framework announced today represents a fundamental shift in the priorities of the federal government. It is the biggest hand-up to working families in generations, while requiring that the wealthy and big corporations begin paying their fair share in taxes.”

AFL-CIO: “This is an important step toward making historic, overdue investments in working people and good union jobs. The reconciliation framework is a pro-worker victory: child care, home care, clean energy jobs, health care, tax fairness, immigration improvements and support for worker organizing.”

AFT: “The investments these bills make together will be transformational for nearly every working family, affecting how they work, live, care for their loved ones and plan for their futures. They make good on the ultimate promise that government can problem-solve to make people’s lives better.”

ATU: “President Biden’s plan, including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is a game changer for our country, public transit, and working families.”

Teamsters: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill & Reconciliation bill represent investments in transportation & human infrastructure that working people have been waiting to see for decades. #Teamsters urge lawmakers to cut a deal now & pass both bills! #BuildBackBetter #InfrastructureBill

UAW: “The framework announced today supports good paying union jobs and stands to benefit our country for decades to come. In addition, this framework encourages nonunion manufacturers to let their workers freely organize. Now is the time for Congress to act so we can move forward as a country.

UFCW: “Today’s new Build Back Better framework sends a clear message that this White House is committed to investing in America’s essential workers and their families.”

ECONOMY 
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: “The Build Back Better framework the White House released today would mark a historic step forward that would broaden opportunity, reduce poverty substantially — particularly among children — and narrow the glaring racial disparities that continue to plague the nation due to generations of racism and other forms of discrimination…Today’s framework would represent one of the most consequential pieces of legislation in a generation.”

Economic Security Project: “We applaud this proposal for including permanent full refundability, the portion of the Child Tax Credit which ensures full and equal payments to the families in deepest poverty, many of whom are people of color.”

ProsperUS: “By prioritizing people’s needs and laying the foundation for strong, large-scale public investments, this framework protects our fragile economic recovery and begins to reorient our economy to achieve our collective goals, including building more successful and powerful movements for justice, acting on climate, and defeating inequality and other injustices.

Tax March: “This bill is a big step forward on the path toward tax fairness and economic justice, and Congress should pass it immediately.”

Third Way: “…let’s be clear, this is a historic accomplishment for President Joe Biden which, combined with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the American Rescue Plan, make for one of the most successful first years in presidential history.”

Washington Center for Equitable Growth: Many of the programs included in the #BuildBackBetter framework will, according to the evidence, combat racial and gender inequality and boost economic growth and jobs. Let’s take them in turn.

BUSINESS
American Sustainable Business Council: “As organizations representing the interests of American business, ASBC, SVC and their members are deeply committed to many of the agreed-to provisions included in today’s announced deal, especially the historic investment to combat the climate crisis.”

Business Forward: “I applaud the Build Back Better framework released this morning. The hard-earned agreement calls for $1.75 trillion to make historic investments in combating climate change, strengthening our caregiving infrastructure, expanding affordable health care, and creating millions of good jobs — all while cutting costs and taxes for the middle class.”

Main Street Alliance: “Main Street Alliance supports progress on the framework for the Build Back Better plan as the final deal begins to take shape. In partnership, the Build Back Better Agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will make critical investments we need to build our economy and rebuild our communities.”

Small Business for America’s Future: “Small business owners are the backbone of the nation’s economy—driving economic growth and job creation. It is essential we address the long-term needs of small business owners as we rebuild from the pandemic and the investments included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the Build Back Better Act will deliver support to build a healthy and thriving Main Street.”

STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS: 
Amplify New Hampshire: “Today’s announcement of a framework on President Biden’s Build Back Better plan is a big win for Granite State families, workers, and small businesses who Republicans in New Hampshire are leaving behind.”

Honest Arizona: “The Build Back Better framework is a transformative investment in Arizona families that will lower taxes on the middle class…Since January, the Biden-Harris administration has shown leadership and dedication to combating the pandemic, growing our economy, and leveling the playing field for Arizona’s working families.”

Opportunity Wisconsin: “Thanks to the Biden-Harris administration, over the last several months we have seen shots in arms, money in pockets, small businesses reopening, students safely returning to the classroom, or simply seniors hugging their grandchildren again. Now it’s time to continue to build on this progress by passing the Build Back Better agenda.”

Progres IA: “This plan is the largest expansion of public education in a century, will provide health coverage for millions of Americans, it makes the largest investment ever in fighting the climate crisis, it invests in our immigration system to make it more humane, and it provides real relief and support for working families including housing, school lunches, and higher education.”

Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy: “These programs will be transformative for Virginia families.”

Wisconsin Campaign for Family Friendly Economy: “Family Friendly Wisconsin is proud to support the Build Back Better Act and its historic investment in working families in Wisconsin.”

US Conference of Mayors: Mayors are grateful for President Biden’s continued leadership to deliver generational investments to build back better. The framework outlined today represents monumental progress in our fight against climate change and provides historic investments in affordable housing.”

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