National Faith Leader Calls Build Back Better Passage a Moral Milestone, Calls on Senate to “Finish the Job”

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Friday, November 19, 2021

 

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National Faith Leader Calls Build Back Better Passage a Moral Milestone, Calls on Senate to “Finish the Job”

 

Washington, DC – Today, as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, Faith in Public Life Action released a statement praising the House for making historic investments in healthcare, climate action, and families, and called on the Senate to finish the job. Specifically, Faith in Public Life Action called on Senators to keep key popular planks like paid leave in the bill and expand the bill to include pathways to citizenship for the immigrant community.

 

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life Action:

“For months, people of all faiths have worked and prayed for legislation that builds a Holy Recovery and helps us all thrive. House Democrats heeded our cry by passing the historic, life-saving Build Back Better Act that invests in all of us. This is a moral milestone that honors the dignity of all Americans, not just a wealthy few. Now it’s time for Senators to finish the job.

 

“I commend House Democrats for passing a morally responsible package with so many provisions that will help our families thrive -- from historic investments in healthcare and the workers who provide it, to paid family and medical leave, to affordable housing and childcare, to the largest-ever investments in combating climate change, and so much more. These desperately needed policies will be paid for by ensuring that the wealthiest few Americans pay their fair share of taxes. 

 

“Members of the U.S. Senate must now pass the Build Back Better Act, with no delays or cuts to incredibly popular and morally responsible programs like paid leave and lowering of prescription drug prices. Instead, they must expand who is included in our recovery by granting pathways to citizenships for our immigrant neighbors. Build Back Better is the popular, transformative change Congress was elected to pass. People of faith will continue to act and pray until the President signs Build Back Better into law. ”

 

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Faith in Public Life Action is a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality and the common good. Together, with a network of over 50,000 leaders, they are leading the fight to advance just policies at the state and federal level that affirm our values and the human dignity of all.