LCV Statement on Senate Democrats’ $3.5T Deal

Contact: Emily Samsel, esamsel@lcv.org, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. — In response to the announcement that Senate Budget Committee Democrats have reached a deal with Majority Leader Schumer on a reconciliation package, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:

“This deal is a vitally important development to help ensure that Congress delivers on the President’s Build Back Better and American Jobs Plan. Kudos to President Biden, Majority Leader Schumer, Budget Committee Chair Sanders and all the Democratic members of the Committee for their leadership on this deal. Given the enormity of the climate crisis, environmental injustice, and economic inequality, it’s critical that this agreement serve as the floor — not the ceiling — for transformational investments in clean energy, jobs, and justice. It is imperative that these investments cut our emissions by at least 50% by 2030 and put our nation fully on the path to 100% clean energy powering our grid, new cars and buses, and buildings by 2035.”

LCV is currently running an $8 million field organizing effort in eight states (AZ, GA, MI, NH, NV, NJ, PA, VA) to build support and visibility for the once in a generation opportunity Congress has to take action on the climate crisis with investments in clean energy, jobs, and justice. At the same time, LCV and Climate Power are up on TV and digital with a $10 million paid media campaign in 16 states thanking senators and representatives for fighting for climate and environmental justice and encouraging Congress to get this done.

June 2021 polling from Hart research found that climate action, including significant clean energy and infrastructure investments, has overwhelming support from key voting blocs, including young voters and Biden turnout voters.

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