WASHINGTON (November 19, 2021) – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, which if enacted would result in unprecedented investments to tackle climate change and improve the social infrastructure of the United States. The legislation would invest billions of dollars to deploy clean energy, electrify transportation, build resilience to climate impacts, and decarbonize industry. The bill is now headed to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

Following is a statement from Dan Lashof, Director, WRI United States: 

“By passing the Build Back Better Act, the US House of Representatives has put the country on the doorstep of historic action to tackle the climate crisis and improve the lives of millions of Americans, particularly in historically disadvantaged communities. The investments in the Build Back Better Act, paired with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will set the nation on a safer, fairer and more prosperous path. If fully enacted, the Build Back Better Act would put the United States within striking distance of achieving its 2030 emission reduction target. This is an opportunity the country can’t afford to miss.

“Of course, getting this bill through the House was just the first hurdle. Now the deal must be sealed with the U.S. Senate. The Senate must leap through this narrow window of opportunity to do the right thing for the sake the of the economy, and the health and well-being of all Americans.”