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Winning an Inclusive Recovery in the House

UPDATE: On September 30th, the progressive voting bloc in the House held strong, temporarily blocking passage of the insufficient bipartisan infrastructure package until Democrats deliver on the full Build Back Better agenda. Now that they’ve proven that they won’t help pass deals they weren’t part of making, we head into October with reinvigorated and rebalanced negotiations freshly underway. Now, it is more important than ever for your MoC to hear from you about what you expect to see in the final reconciliation bill.

The House has written their draft of the budget reconciliation package, the legislative vehicle for passing an inclusive recovery package. The next procedural step is for the RulesCommittee to finalize it and send it to the House floor for a vote. But right now, key stakeholders (now including increasingly powerful progressives!) in the House, Senate and White House are in furious negotiations to land a deal that can pass both chambers. This means we’re in a key moment for advocacy as we fight to win the most progressive reconciliation bill possible.

Progressives in Congress need our help. We need to make sure they know we have their backs, and we need to grow their strength by encouraging more MoCs to join them in holding the line for the full Build Back Better agenda. And conservative Democrats have to feel pressure from constituents demanding they stop holding our priorities hostage.

As a reminder, here’s what we’re fighting for:

  • A pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants;
  • Lowering drug prices, swiftly expanding Medicare to cover vision, dental, and hearing, without copays and lowering the eligibility age to 60 years old;
  • Investments in Climate, including a Clean Electricity Performance Program (with no fossil fuels!) and a fully funded Civilian Climate Corps;
  • Investments in the Care Economy, including universal child care, federally guaranteed paid leave for all, and creating good jobs in the home and community based-care sector;
  • Investments in housing, especially deeply affordable housing and housing for unhoused populations; and
  • Address extreme wealth inequality by taxing the ultra rich and big corporations so they finally pay their fair share.

Unfortunately, some conservative Democrats already showed they are willing to threaten the reconciliation package. This is unacceptable. Here is the list of Democrats who need to hear that you expect them to stop obstructing Biden’s recovery agenda:

  • Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)
  • Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (TX-15)
  • Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34)
  • Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
  • Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02)
  • Rep. Ed Case (HI-01)
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
  • Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)
  • Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07)
  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)
  • Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04)
  • Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52)

Fill out this form right now and we’ll connect you to your Representative. Let them know you expect them to support an inclusive recovery package, and to pass it before voting on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. If your Representative is one of the conservative Democrats we’re worried about, tell them to stop their obstructionism and vote to pass the reconciliation bill.

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If your Representative has threatened to undermine an inclusive recovery

Please use this script if your member of Congress is on the following list:Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (TX-15) Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34), Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02), Rep. Ed Case (HI-01), Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16), Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52)

 

Hello, I’m a constituent from [part of state] and I’m furious that [Representative] has threatened to undermine the budget reconciliation bill moving through congress.

There’s no excuse for risking urgent proposals like lowering drug prices, strengthening Medicare, universal child care, and climate action. Instead of political stunts, I expect them to support the Democratic agenda.

Will [Representative] stop obstructing the budget reconciliation bill, rather than continuing their divisive actions? I’m disappointed with the position they have taken so far and will be watching to see if they change course.

If your Representative can be a champion for an inclusive recovery

 

Hello, I’m a constituent from [part of state] and I want [Representative] to fight to pass an inclusive recovery through reconciliation, before voting on the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

We urgently need a recovery bill that lowers prescription drug prices for all Americans, swiftly expands Medicare without copays, provides a path to citizenship, and includes generational investments in climate, housing, and the care economy - all while making the ultra rich and big corporations pay their fair share. This cannot take a back seat to an inadequate bipartisan bill.

Will [Representative] commit to passing an inclusive reconciliation bill before voting on the bipartisan infrastructure package? We need the full recovery agenda, and I’ll be watching to ensure they are fighting for it.

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Thank you for calling on your Representative to ensure we pass an inclusive recovery through reconciliation! Call as many times as you can today and tell all your friends to call as well!

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