Invest in the rest of us! It’s time to pass our budget reconciliation priorities!

Right now, congressional committees are drafting the budget reconciliation package, the legislative vehicle for passing an inclusive recovery package. This means we’re in a key moment for advocacy as we fight to win the most progressive reconciliation bill possible. The House is moving on the bill first – that means you need to call your Representative and make sure they’re supporting these essential policies. 

Some “moderate” Democrats are pulling back on the optics of the $3.5 trillion cost. We know that corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors are whispering in their ears. But this is 2021, and we’re keeping tabs on where our money has gone…

Minimal script (or email): I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to use budget reconciliation bill to invest in the rest of us, the 99% of Americans who’ve helped create the exponential wealth of our top 1%. Our tax dollars funded trillions on tax cuts and profits for billionaires and corporations and supported endless wars, with little for regular Americans to show for it but injured soldiers, ruined small businesses and financial instability. Now we demand you act to create legislation that centers us – the 99% – that’s taking our health, our education, our communities, along with our responsibilities to our children, our elders and our future generations seriously. A $3.5 million investment is a deal, not a burden, and we know it will NOT harm small farms and family businesses. We’re watching carefully to see if [he/she] understands how important this is to us.

Here are our progressive priorities:

  • Invest in a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants;
    • Citizenship for DACA recipients, TPS holders, and essential workers.
    • Inclusion of all immigrants in the recovery package.  
  • Give us a pathway to accessible, dignified health care:
  • Invest in our Climate, including a Clean Energy Standard (with NO FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES!) and a Civilian Climate Corps;
  • Invest in our Care Economy, including universal child care, child tax credits for millions of families,federally guaranteed paid leave for all, and creating good jobs in the home and community based-care sector;
  • Invest in our housing, especially deeply affordable housing and housing for unhoused populations; and
  • Invest in our good will. Pay for this package and address extreme wealth inequality at the same time – a two-fer! Taxing the ultra rich and big corporations so they finally pay their fair share. 

Contact:

  • Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): email, DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
  • or Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): email. DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
  • Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

More actions to take?

Lots of resources and talking points here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fvCzT93UdCGb1wYgHFfLMZdk30fJ5CNG_HU_2w88PnQ/edit

Unfortunately, some conservative Democrats already showed they are willing to threaten the reconciliation package. This is unacceptable. Here is the list of Democrats who need to hear that you expect them to stop obstructing Biden’s recovery agenda:

  • Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)
  • Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (TX-15)
  • Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34)
  • Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
  • Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02)
  • Rep. Ed Case (HI-01)
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
  • Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)
  • Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07)
  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)

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