‘Tis the season, where the fruits of the year are ready to be gathered. Most are good and nourishing, and will sustain us for months to come. Some are less so. Twenty years of war in Afghanistan. Fifty years of “Trickle Down.” One hundred fifty years of fossil fuels fueled growth. Four hundred years of racism. We can be tempted to just bury our failures deep and not think about them, but that only lets the decay continue, hidden from view, where it poisons even the water we drink.
As bitter and unpleasant as it might be, we have to have the courage to own the bad as much as the good, to understand why the bad happened, and then change the root causes. And to do it with a gentle hand, for ourselves and those we connect with. You can’t harvest peaches and plums with a hard hand.
- The Senate passed the first $1 trillion dollar bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, 69-30. The House will take it up after the August recess.
- The second Infrastructure Bill, totaling $3.5 trillion dollars, is next up in the Senate. It focuses more on human infrastructure, and will move forward under budget reconciliation rules, which means it can’t be filibustered in the Senate, but can be passed with a simple majority.
Both these bills include funding to address climate change (the second bill more explicitly). New clean energy programs / tax incentives / grants, new polluters fees, coastal resiliency programs, funds to combat drought and wildfire, and incentives for weatherization and green electrification, green and sustainable housing, and a Civilian Conservation Corps.
The second bill also includes so much more, for families / education, for health care, and would give a pathway to legal status for undocumented individuals.
This is why our votes matter.
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If you live and vote in Michigan, we need you to tell our legislators and leaders to vote NO on these bills. Find your State Senator here.
Ask your U.S. House Representative to prioritize the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Find your U.S. House Representative here.
Thank our U.S Senators for supporting the For the People Act, S1, which recently passed the House. Sen. Gary Peters: (202) 224-6221 Sen. Debbie Stabenow: (202) 224-4822
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