The U.S. Senate today passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a budget reconciliation bill that includes $369 billion in energy, environment, and climate investments that will create an estimated 9 million jobs over 10 years. Additionally, the bill will reduce emissions up to 44% by 2030, invest in economic and racial justice programs, and support and create good-paying, union jobs across the nation.
Following the vote, the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director Jason Walsh:
“This legislation demonstrates that we don’t have to choose between good jobs and a clean environment, as some falsely claim. The Inflation Reduction Act supports both. This bill will create good-paying union jobs across the country while driving down the emissions causing climate change. It will be a game-changer in growing clean energy, revitalizing manufacturing, and building resilient communities. We thank the Senators that voted to pass this historic legislation and urge the House to pass it quickly and get it to the president’s desk.”