News from Representative Tlaib: It’s time to invest in our communities 

On Friday, rather than keep that agreement, a vote was forced on bipartisan infrastructure framework (BIF) without a true vote on Build Back Better at the same time.

Voting on the rule to open debate on Build Back Better is not the same as voting on the bill itself and is not enough to guarantee Build Back Better’s passage in the House and Senate.

I voted against BIF because - I represent some of the most polluted zip codes in Michigan and the country, and BIF dramatically weakens one of the most important environmental laws that keeps our communities safe from corporate polluters, the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).  The bill also includes billions of dollars in subsidies for fossil fuel that are already polluting neighborhoods in my district.
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Dear Neighbor,

For months, there has been a simple agreement in place to advance President Biden’s agenda – pass both the Build Back Better (BBB) Act and the bipartisan infrastructure framework (BIF) at the same time. The Build Back Better Act, what I call “The People’s Infrastructure,” is a vehicle for the President’s transformative investments in people and the planet. It is a once-in-a-generation piece of legislation that lowers the everyday financial burdens you face—from health care to childcare, and much more—fully paid for by making corporations and the wealthiest pay their fair share. 

On Friday, rather than keep that agreement, a vote was forced on BIF without a true vote on Build Back Better at the same time. Voting on the rule to open debate on Build Back Better is not the same as voting on the bill itself and is not enough to guarantee Build Back Better’s passage in the House and Senate. I voted against BIF because I represent some of the most polluted zip codes in Michigan and the country, and BIF dramatically weakens one of the most important environmental laws that keeps our communities safe from corporate polluters, the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).  The bill also includes billions of dollars in subsidies for fossil fuel that are already polluting neighborhoods in my district.

I have remained totally committed to enacting the President’s agenda, so I was proud to cast a vote in favor of moving forward with Build Back Better Act and making the transformative investments that I know our families deserve in the 13th congressional district, including:
  • Negotiating lower prescription drug prices for Seniors and halting Big Pharma’s outrageous price hikes;
  • Expanding Medicare to help Americans access affordable hearing care;
  • Securing free, universal preschool for three- and four-year-olds;
  • Saving most families more than half their current spending on childcare, ensuring the vast majority of families pay no more than seven percent of their income on child care;
  • Establishing our country’s first paid family and medical leave program so folks don’t have to choose between caring for a loved one and putting food on the table;
  • Extending the Biden Child Tax Credit and putting money in the pockets of 35 million families;
  • Investing $555 billion over the next 10 years in clean energy and climate investments to fight climate change; 
  • Investing nearly $20 billion in the Civilian Climate Corps, putting thousands of young people to work addressing the threat of climate change, strengthening the country's natural defenses against climate change and maintain its ailing public lands;
  • Investing $9 billion in EPA programs for replacement of lead service lines and reduction of lead in drinking water systems throughout the country;
  • Granting temporary protection to millions of undocumented immigrants to participate in our society and economy;
  • Providing more than $1 billion for proven Older Americans Act programs to extend vital services that help vulnerable Americans stay safe, healthy, and independent and additional investments to help people with disabilities learn, work, and thrive in their communities;
  • Investing $151 billion towards affordable housing, including $65 billion to repair the nation’s public housing, preserving and improving over 500,000 public housing units, making public housing safer and healthier for millions of residents;
  • Providing $9 billion in investments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Minority-Serving Institutions;and
  • Investing $39 billion in sustainable, resilient, and equitable transportation infrastructure to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean transit.
The investments listed above create a pathway to addressing the challenges you and your family face now. The House must live up to its commitment to pass Build Back Better shortly and the Senate must in turn pass it without further cuts or delay. We need to send Build Back Better to President Biden’s desk so he can sign this urgent legislation and get to work delivering for our district.
I know that Build Back Better moves us one step closer to delivering on our promises to invest in people and communities. You came out in record numbers, putting your faith in me and our President to bring transformational change that relieves financial stress, providing access to critical programs and services, and makes a down payment on the future for our children. Build Back Better does just that, I will not stop fighting until it is signed by the President and the help our communities deserve is delivered. 

Sincerely,
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Rashida Tlaib
Member of Congress

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