Dear Democratic Colleague,
Many thanks to House Democrats for participating in the Democratic Caucus meetings this week. I appreciate the unity that has been expressed and the respect for diversity in our Caucus. In the four areas of discussion, we must and will move forward to keep government open and to lift the debt ceiling.
The change in circumstance regarding the reconciliation bill has necessitated a change in our Build Back Better legislation but not in our values. A number of Members, including Whip Clyburn, yesterday and today spoke eloquently about past injustices and meager benefits to communities. The beauty of the Biden Build Back Better jobs bill is that it reverses that course of action dramatically, which is a moral imperative. That’s the “Better” part of the vision.
“Better,” too, is the investment made to build the middle class with initiatives recognizing the importance of empowering women and previously marginalized communities with investments including: child care, paid family and medical leave, universal pre-K, home health care, workforce development and more. The Covid pandemic has made securing these priorities even more urgent, as we sadly approach 700,000 American Covid deaths.
It would be a dereliction of duty for us to build the infrastructure of America without doing so in a manner that addresses the climate crisis significantly, which enables the U.S. to meet its emission goals by 2030 and do so in a timely fashion. To do so, we must pass the Build Back Better Act.
As I write this to you, negotiations are being led by President Biden to advance his vision. The President takes a pride in his agenda, which is shared overwhelmingly by House and Senate Democrats, which creates jobs, gives tax cuts for the middle class, lowers costs for health care and is paid by making the wealthiest few and big corporations pay their fair share.
Thank you for your leadership.
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