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Winning an Inclusive Recovery in the Senate

Right now, congressional committees are drafting the budget reconciliation package, the legislative vehicle for passing an inclusive recovery package. This means we’re in a key moment for advocacy as we fight to win the most progressive reconciliation bill possible. The House is moving on the bill first - that means you need to call your Representative and make sure they’re supporting these essential policies. But we also need to make sure no Democrat in the Senate blocks our progressive priorities from being included in the reconciliation bill.

So, what are our progressive priorities for the bill?

  • A pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants;
  • Lowering drug prices, expanding Medicare to cover vision, dental, and hearing, and lowering the eligibility age to 60 years old;
  • Investments in Climate, including a Clean Energy Standard (with no fossil fuels!) and a 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 on the basis that “$3.5 trillion is too much.” This is an insulting position to take considering we are experiencing the disastrous effects of multiple, historic, and overlapping crises like mass unemployment, racial injustice, a public health crisis, and climate change. The danger is not going far enough to address the real issues families in the U.S. are facing today. Here is the list of Democrats who need to hear that you expect them to stop obstructing Biden’s recovery agenda:

  • Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
  • Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Fortunately, we have something they want - the bipartisan infrastructure package that passed the Senate in August. Progressives have stated that in order to win their votes for this smaller, pared down bill focused on physical infrastructure, they first need to send the much more significant budget reconciliation bill to President Biden’s desk. So, if conservative Democrats want their smaller bill, they’re going to need to fall in line behind the reconciliation package. This leverage is critically important, and progressives need our support in order to win!

Fill out this form right now and we’ll connect you to your Senator. Let them know you expect them to support an inclusive recovery package, and to pass it immediately after the House sends over their bill. If your Senator 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 Senator has threatened to undermine an inclusive recovery

Targets:

  • Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
  • Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Hello, I’m a constituent from [part of state] and I’m furious that [Senator] has threatened to undermine the budget reconciliation bill currently being written.

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 [Senator] 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 Senator can be a champion for an inclusive recovery

Hello, I’m a constituent from [part of state] and I want [Senator] to fight to pass an inclusive recovery through reconciliation, immediately after the House sends over their bill.

We urgently need a recovery bill that lowers prescription drug prices for all Americans, expands Medicare, 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 [Senator] commit to passing an inclusive reconciliation bill immediately after the House has passed their bill? 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 Senator 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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