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Tell Congress: No delays, pass the Build Back Better agenda now!

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    Tell Congress: No delays, pass the Build Back Better agenda now!

    Petition to Congress:
    We urge you to pass the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better agenda in the reconciliation bill, without further cuts. We also urge you to reject efforts to pass the infrastructure bill first and/or delay the reconciliation plan. Vote for the infrastructure bill only after the Build Back Better Act is passed.

    This is a decisive moment for the entire progressive agenda. A small group of right-wing Democrats backed by corporate cash, including Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, are trying to destroy President Biden's Build Back Better agenda.

    They're attacking climate action, Medicare expansion, child care, paid leave, affordable prescription drugs and other essential priorities.

    The right-wing Dems' plan is to force a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill without the Build Back Better reconciliation bill, undermining the promise President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer all made.

    It's time for members of Congress to unite against these delay tactics, and insist that the original promise be kept: the infrastructure bill can only pass when a strong reconciliation bill that achieves the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better agenda passes.

    Will you speak out now in this crucial moment? Sign the petition and tell Congress to pass the entire $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan, including climate action and health care Americans desperately need!

    This is a huge opportunity for progressives to show their strength and hold a firm line. If right-wing Democrats get their way and force a vote without a reconciliation bill, they will not only undercut millions of American people but the very promises Democratic leadership -- including the president -- made when negotiating these priorities.

    While this process has been lengthy, confusing, and quite wonky, what a "reconciliation bill" would provide to the American people is critically important and potentially transformative:

    • Ensuring all kids have access to early childhood education through universal pre-K. 
    • Providing more Americans with the health care we need through Medicare expansion. 
    • Making critical medicine accessible by lowering prescription drug prices. 
    • Tackling the urgent threat of a warming planet through bold climate action.

    This is the agenda Americans chose in 2020. And it's massively popular with the public.1 Members of Congress must hold Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer to the promise they made and only move forward the infrastructure package when paired with a reconciliation bill.

    Together, we can send a clear message to members of Congress that the people's agenda will not be swept aside or silenced.

    Sign the petition: Congress must pass the Build Back Better agenda and the infrastructure deal together!

    1. Office of Speaker Pelosi, "New Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Build Back Better Act," September 21, 2021.