Evergreen Calls on Congress to Take Action on Biden Administration’s Reconciliation Climate Priorities

Following reporting on an internal Biden administration memo outlining priorities for advancing the president’s climate agenda in a reconciliation infrastructure bill, Evergreen Action Executive Director Jamal Raad released the following statement: 

“Today senior Biden White House officials reaffirmed the president’s commitment to advancing bold climate policies as part of budget reconciliation legislation. With this McCarthy-Dunn memo, the Biden Administration showed that they’re prioritizing investments in clean electricity, cars and buildings, strong standards for the power sector, and a down payment on a Civilian Climate Corps in the reconciliation process. 

“Now, Democrats in Congress must step up to deliver on the president's climate priorities—and work to make the package even more robust than the administration's proposals, with vital investments to meet the president’s environmental justice commitments, upgrade millions of homes and buildings, and make America a global leader in electric vehicles.

"The bipartisan infrastructure deal is not a climate bill. And we know that fossil fuel lobbyists in Washington are already hard at work to eliminate key climate provisions from the reconciliation package. To meet this moment, Democrats must stand firm and pass a reconciliation package that makes historic investments in climate, jobs, and justice. While millions of Americans face record heat from climate change, we cannot afford to waste this crucial opportunity to build a just and thriving clean energy economy.”