Today, Battle Born Collective, Justice Democrats, Sunrise Movement, United We Dream, and New Deal Strategies put out the following statement in response to news that President Biden has signed the American Rescue Plan into law:
|“We are pleased to see President Biden sign the American Rescue Plan into law. This legislation will bring badly needed relief to millions of working families and begin the long road of recovery from the pandemic. The scale and impact of this legislation should not be discounted. As the pandemic has revealed and exacerbated the gaping holes in our social safety net, we hope that temporary programs that will dramatically lower poverty over the next two years, such as the child tax credit, are made permanent.|
“The process it took to get here also made clear what we’ve long known to be the case: Republicans are utterly unwilling to work in good faith with Democrats. Not a single Republican voted to pass the American Rescue Plan. If Republicans won’t support direly needed (and popular) relief to alleviate an unprecedented economic and public health crisis, there is no realistic hope of getting Republican votes on other urgent matters like the climate crisis, a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants, the war against democracy being waged in state legislatures, and so much more.
“As we mark the halfway point of President Biden’s first 100 days in office, Democrats have a choice to make: they can attempt to work with Republicans in vain or they can use their power to meaningfully improve peoples’ lives. Republicans have repeatedly shown they will put politics over the well-being of the American people no matter how high the stakes are, and Democrats should believe them. Passing bills on a majority-rule basis is the way to significantly help struggling Americans and build lasting political power, while seeking Republican cooperation is a path to nowhere. The need for Democrats to abolish the filibuster to get things done has never been more evident. The longer they wait, the worse off the country will be.”