House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlined a “time of intensity” this week, saying her caucus “must pass” President Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act, a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, and a bill to keep the government open as it will run out of money on Thursday, September 30.
The letter Pelosi sent to her colleagues follows in full.
Dear Democratic Colleague,
September 30th is a date fraught with meaning. This week, we must pass a Continuing Resolution, Build Back Better Act and the BIF.
On Thursday, the Build Back Better Act was sent to the Budget Committee for mark-up. As I write to you, the Budget Committee is marking up the bill. As negotiations continue with the Senate, changes will be handled under the Rules Committee led by Chair Jim McGovern.
The next few days will be a time of intensity. We sent a CR to the Senate and are awaiting their action to avoid a shutdown. We must pass the BIF to avoid the expiration of the surface transportation funding on September 30. And we must stay on schedule to pass the reconciliation bill so that we can Build Back Better.
The Build Back Better Act is a jobs bill for the future: addressing the empowerment of women in the workplace and creating good-paying green jobs by tackling the climate crisis. The jobs initiatives relating to child care, home health care, paid family and medical leave, universal pre-K and more are transformative. The legislation also helps middle class families by making health care costs and prescription drug prices more affordable.
The initiatives of the Build Back Better Act are ones in which President Biden takes a great pride, which House and Senate Democrats share. Build Back Better will cut taxes for the middle class, create more jobs, lower costs for working families and make sure the wealthiest and corporations pay their fair share.
The Caucus will hold a meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m. E.T.. I urge the fullest participation of Members and hope that as many of us can be there in person as possible.
Proudly, I have never seen as big a consensus as we have around the Build Back Better initiative. Again, I thank Chairs, Members, staff and all who have participated, doing so with the urgency that is required.
Thank you for your leadership For The People