ROUNDUP: PROGRESSIVE GROUPS APPLAUD U.S. HOUSE PASSAGE OF BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA 

 Today, progressive groups applauded the House of Representatives’ vote to advance the Build Back Better agenda, a once-in-a-generation investment in caregiving, clean energy, education, and more that will create millions of jobs, lower costs, and lower taxes for working families.

Here’s What They Are Saying:  

Americans for Tax Fairness: “We applaud the Democratic House for passing the budget resolution that makes it possible for historic investments in working families, jobs, the environment, affordable healthcare and education, paid for by making the rich and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.”

America’s Voice: “Democrats have choices to make and promises to keep on a range of issues, including immigration. Today’s vote moves America one step closer to new pathways to citizenship for millions of Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers and other essential workers.

American Sustainable Business Council: “The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) applauds the passage of $3.5 trillion top-line budget resolution… These are important next steps in President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, for which ASBC has advocated because these investments are essential to business not just to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, but to create a far more equitable, just and broadly prosperous economy.”

Building Back Together: “This moment is historic, and we applaud the Members of Congress who stood up for their constituents and voted in support of progress. We call on lawmakers in Washington to act with urgency to move these essential pieces of legislation across the finish line.”

Climate Power: “Today’s vote shows that House Democrats heard voters’ demands for a more just, equitable economy powered by clean energy. With a framework in place, now Congress must quickly put pen to paper on policy that meets the needs of American families, who are struggling with the escalating impacts of COVID-19 and the climate crisis. Americans need leadership now, and they cannot wait.”

FWD.us: “House and Senate Leadership, as well as President Biden, have been clear for months that they would include a pathway to citizenship in the Build Back Better legislative agenda. With today’s vote, the entire Democratic caucus has voted in support of these efforts, highlighting the unified support for these overwhelmingly popular bipartisan policies that will help keep our economy growing and our families together.”

Immigration Hub: “Today’s House vote to advance President Biden and Democrats’ citizenship proposals through the budget reconciliation process puts America’s immigrant communities the closest they’ve been to a path to citizenship in our country’s recent history.”

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers: “We applaud Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats for helping move a historic pro-worker, pro-democracy agenda forward. Their courage will help uplift millions of working families through good union jobs that offer fair wages and benefits. We have an opportunity to strengthen our U.S. manufacturing sector and increase the amount of good-paying union jobs. Now we must roll up our sleeves and rebuild America’s infrastructure and workforce across all industries.”

Invest in America Action: “Today’s passage of the budget resolution in the House is a huge victory, bringing us one step closer to making critical investments in key areas of our economy. Once the Build Back Better agenda is passed, it will create millions of good-paying jobs; lower prescription drug, education and child care costs; and cut taxes for working and middle-class families.”

League of Conservation Voters: “This is a historic step forward for people and the planet. We commend Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats for putting the health and well being of our communities first in passing today’s rule. Today’s victory belongs to the voters and advocates raising their voices for once-in-a-generation action to tackle the climate crisis in a way that addresses racial and economic inequality.”

MomsRising: “America’s moms applaud every member of the U.S. House who voted to advance the vitally important budget reconciliation process, and the Democratic leaders who skillfully guided this effort, which is bringing us one step closer to finally building the care infrastructure our country urgently needs. That includes paid leave when a new baby arrives or serious illness strikes, investments in child care, access to home- and community-based services for people with disabilities and the aging, a permanently expanded Child Tax Credit, living wages, and a path to citizenship for care and essential workers.”

National Resources Defense Council: “The House of Representatives passed the first step in a historic effort to tackle climate change and invest in our nation. The just approved resolution takes us a step forward to securing a climate safe future!”

National Wildlife Federation: “President Biden and Congress have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put millions of Americans back to work addressing the challenges facing people and wildlife alike. Today, the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, showed it is ready to deliver on their promises.”

Paid Leave for All:  “The weeks ahead are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass a national paid family and medical leave policy that would lift up all American workers and families and catch the United States up with the rest of the world. Today’s vote in the House brings us another step closer to finally getting it done. Paid leave is a tool for public health and economic growth that we need to build back better from a crisis, and there is no real recovery without it. We are grateful for Speaker Pelosi’s leadership, thrilled to see this momentum, and call on every Member of Congress to listen to the will of their voters by passing this common-sense, bipartisan policy for all.”

Planned Parenthood Federation of America: “Passage of today’s budget resolution in the House of Representatives is an important step forward in advancing health equity. Now Congress must finish the job by passing reconciliation bills that include Medicaid expansion and other critical investments in health access.”

ProsperUs: “We commend House Democrats for passing a bold budget framework to deliver on critical priorities that our families and communities need most. Now, it’s time for the House and Senate to deliver on the bold agenda that President Biden promised and the public expects. Action on climate, paid leave, caregiving, good jobs, and other critical priorities our families need are non-negotiables — these are the building blocks for a stronger, more sustainable economy.”

Sierra Club: “This budget reconciliation bill is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver transformational investments in climate action and infrastructure that will enable us to effectively tackle the climate crisis, create millions of family-sustaining jobs, and fight economic, racial, environmental, and gender injustice.

Tax March: “We are glad to see the House take a solid step by approving this resolution. After today’s vote, lawmakers have a clear choice: stand with American families, or stand with billionaires and big corporations who have rigged the system in their own favor for so long. This budget is our chance to tax the rich and begin rebalancing the economy in favor of everyday Americans.”

We Are Home: “Momentum is on our side and our movement is marching full steam ahead. We commend House Democrats for passing a historic budget that includes citizenship for millions of young immigrants, TPS holders, farmworkers and essential workers.”

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