Good morning Supporter,
It’s been a busy fall in Washington, D.C., as lawmakers have thoroughly debated two pieces of legislation that will have enormous impacts on our environment, climate and infrastructure across the nation.
We celebrated on Nov. 6 when Congress passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which included $21 billion in environmental remediation, $7.5 billion to build out a national network of Electric Vehicle infrastructure, and $65 billion to upgrade our power infrastructure to facilitate the expansion of renewable energy, among many more.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will deliver the kind of bold, ambitious action we need to meet the many challenges of this moment. These historic investments won’t just combat the climate crisis and result in healthier, happier communities, but they will put people back to work in impressive fashion by adding two million jobs per year over the next decade.
A majority of Pennsylvania’s elected officials in Congress voted for this critical legislation: one of our two Senators, and ten of our 18 members in the House of Representatives.
Do your part now and contact these elected officials and thank them for voting on behalf of our shared environment, climate and infrastructure!
While it’s important to celebrate this momentous piece of legislation, our work is not yet complete. That’s because Congress is soon expected to vote on President Biden’s ambitious Build Back Better agenda, a plan that will bring about transformational change that will be felt for generations to come.
The importance of this agenda cannot be overstated: Build Back Better would create a new Civilian Climate Corps - an initiative supported by PennFuture for the last several years - that will conserve and protect our public lands, make our communities and environment more resilient against climate change, and create good-paying, family-sustaining jobs with good benefits for a diverse workforce across the nation.
It will also include $555 billion earmarked for climate and clean energy initiatives, as well as an electrification-focused rebate program, an enhancement of existing home energy efficiency tax credits, significant family tax credits for US-made, union-made electric vehicles, and more investments for resiliency, mitigation, and adaptation.
These historic investments won’t just combat the climate crisis and result in healthier, and better-prepared communities, but they will put people back to work in impressive fashion by adding hundreds of thousands of quality jobs, all while slashing our carbon emissions in half by 2030
Please do your part today and help get this monumentally important bill across the finish line: click here to contact our federally elected officials in both the Senate and House of Representatives, and ask them to support the Build Back Better agenda!