WASHINGTON — The following statement was released by leaders of the House of Representatives Democratic Caucuses in advance of President Biden’s first State of the Union address.
Those leaders include: Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; Suzan DelBene (WA-01), chair of the New Democrat Coalition; Judy Chu (CA-27), chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus; Joyce Beatty (OH-03), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36), chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), and Jackie Speier (CA-14), co-chairs of the Democratic Women’s Caucus; David Cicilline (RI-01), chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus; and Gerald Connolly (VA-11), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Doris Matsui (CA-06), co-chairs of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.
“As Chairs of the leading House Democratic Caucuses, we are calling for Congressional action on a final negotiated reconciliation bill that secures the support of 50 U.S. Senators and 218 U.S. Representatives.?We must move to reach a final agreement and focus on policies that will deliver immediate and lasting results for Americans.
“Democrats in Congress and the White House pulled the economy back from the brink by enacting the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, but real economic challenges remain for families. Congress must act quickly to address these challenges, especially as we continue to face systemic racism’s disparities and inequities, as well as rising prices squeezing working people, and the climate crisis that is escalating every day.
"It’s not too late to meet this moment. There is broad consensus on the most critical solutions Americans need to lower costs for families, tackle the climate crisis, and create opportunities and good-paying jobs. It is time to act.
“We stand united and ready to work with President Biden and all of our colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure a strong, final version of this bill becomes law as soon as possible.”