In response to today’s vote the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director Jason Walsh:
“In the middle of the greatest public health crisis of a generation America is falling apart. We have millions of workers filing for unemployment due to COVID-19, rampant and systematic racism that pervades our society, gaps in our manufacturing base that leave our citizens and economy vulnerable, and the infrastructure systems that we rely on every day have been neglected for a generation and are crumbling and dangerous. Students in low-income communities and predominately communities of color are learning in schools full of asbestos and lead pipes, bridges and transit systems are unable to withstand the impacts of climate change, and leaking natural gas pipes are a hazard to people and the environment.
“Today’s action by the House puts the nation on a path to economic recovery at a time when millions of Americans are out of work, while repairing our infrastructure and boosting our manufacturing sector. The investments included in the Moving Forward Act will create good, family-sustaining jobs across the nation, while improving public health and reducing the emissions driving climate change.
“We applaud the House for its leadership on this important issue and urge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to move past their tradition of inaction and act now, not only to pass this critical piece of legislation, but to protect workers during the COVID-19 crisis and boost economic recovery.”