WASHINGTON — Last week, after months of negotiations, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, a once-in-a-generation investment in public transit, clean water, and universal broadband internet access for millions of Americans. Common Defense applauds the passage of this legislation, but recognizes that the Bipartisan Infrastructure deal is not fully effective without the Build Back Better Act.
Naveed Shah, Political Director at Common Defense, released the following statement:
“After so much back and forth negotiation, we were glad to see the House come together to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will be a huge boost to the economy and to all Americans as we continue on the path to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, and the passage of the American Rescue Plan, we have made huge strides in the past six months. The vast majority of Americans, nearly 200 million, have been fully vaccinated, the unemployment rate for veterans has dropped to 4.2 percent from 6.5 percent a year ago because of the 5.6 million new jobs created, and the Child Tax Credit has reduced child poverty to new lows. In order to continue these trends and make a full, unprecedented economic recovery, we need the Build Back Better Act now.
“The Build Back Better Act would extend the Child Tax Credit and the payments for parents through 2022, make a historical investment to fight climate change by investing in good-paying union jobs in renewable energy, and lower the cost of prescription drug prices through Medicare negotiation. Military families, veterans, and all Americans will reap the benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Act’s investment in our nation and our people.”