This Is Not the End. Congress Must Pass the Measures Moms, Families, Businesses and Our Economy Urgently Need.
“Senator Manchin’s announcement this morning that he will not support the Build Back Better Act at this time is both a stinging disappointment and a call to action to lawmakers to find a way to pass the essential measures this bill contains. America’s moms expect Senator Manchin, and the U.S. Senate, to return to the negotiating table and pass Build Back Better in early 2022. Unless they do, Sen. Manchin and all 50 Senate Republicans will have to answer for every child who goes hungry, every mom who can’t take or keep a job without affordable child care, every family who plunges into debt without paid leave, every child care program that closes, every person who gets sicker or dies because they can’t afford their prescriptions, every senior or person with a disability forced into an institution without affordable home- and community-based care, every long-settled immigrant who can’t participate in our workforce, every worker who leaves the care workforce because the pay is impossibly low, and every business that can’t fully open because it cannot find enough workers to fill open positions.
“We are well aware that Sen. Manchin is not the only West Virginia Senator who is currently opposing this essential bill, that Republicans in Congress are so determined to prevent what might be perceived as a Democratic accomplishment that they are voting against the urgent interests of their constituents, local businesses, and our national economy. But that type of cynicism and cruelty simply cannot prevail.
“The Build Back Better Act will help families cope with inflation by lowering their child care and other costs. It is a job-creator that will provide millions of good jobs for women, and an important companion to the Infrastructure Bill, which created jobs mostly in male-dominated sectors. It is the long-awaited, urgently needed answer to the crises families and businesses face time after time without a care infrastructure.
“This is not a time for strife or finger-pointing among lawmakers of the same party. It’s time to find a way to make progress for America’s moms, families, businesses and our economy. We know that is possible because we’ve seen Congress do it with the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill. Our country needs the vitally important measures the Build Back Better Act contains, so moms, families, businesses, and our economy can thrive.”