"In partnership, the Build Back Better Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will make critical investments we need to boost our economy and rebuild our communities."
"In partnership, the Build Back Better Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will make critical investments we need to boost our economy and rebuild our communities," said Chanda Causer, co-executive director of the group. "Now, we are urging the House and Senate to swiftly pass a robust Build Back Better bill as soon as possible and deliver on the promises for millions of people and small businesses in America."
As Biden signed the infrastructure legislation, the national economic justice group Poor People's Campaign rallied in Washington, D.C. to demand the urgent passage of the Build Back Better Act, with a number of campaigners arrested during the direct action.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, condemned corporate Democrats for perpetuating false narratives over social investments and the needs of the working class.
"Unstable housing among families with children costs the United States $111 billion in affordable health and special education costs over the next 10 years," Barber said at the rally. "That's some cost for you."
"Public assistance programs spend $153 billion a year as a direct result of low wages," he added. "If we didn't have low wages they wouldn't have to subsidize communities... The problem is we're not talking about these costs. The only costs they're talking about is, 'How much will it cost the billionaires?'"