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For Immediate Release

Ellen Sciales,

Sunrise Movement Demands No Compromise with GOP on Infrastructure, Deliver on Promises Now


As President Biden leads a series of infrastructure talks this week, Sunrise Movement warns the administration to avoid the fatal political mistakes of the Obama era: not acting at the full scale of the economic crisis in an effort to be bipartisan, and falling short in delivering on promises made. On the matter, Ellen Sciales, Press Secretary for Sunrise Movement, released the following statement:

"We are up currently against the ticking time bomb of an unrelenting climate crisis and an economic crisis wearing down working people. Each day the process of passing an infrastructure package is delayed by performative negotiations with the GOP - who are clearly disinterested in working with Democrats - another day goes by that we are not healing our planet or getting people good jobs to support their families.

"When Mitch McConnell says '100 percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration,' believe him. The GOP has made it clear that they are a party bent on upholding manipulative and violent politics, and proved it when not a single Republican Senator voted for the popular, much needed Covid relief package. And today's vote ousting Rep. Liz Cheney for her criticism of Trump is just another stark reminder that the Republican Party has further devolved to a delusional, dangerous group that cannot even acknowledge the simple reality that Biden won the election. These are not people we should pretend will work with us in good faith.

"Biden can't get distracted by this false idea of bipartisanship when there's so much at stake. He must learn from the Obama-era mistakes and act urgently, without compromising with the Republican Party of violence. The truth is Biden's infrastructure package is already a compromise and it can't be watered down further, especially to cater to a party that is fueled by the profits and donations of fossil fuel executives and that'd rather ensure billionaires get tax cuts than make sure working people get paid a living wage."

This comes the same week as a group of Sunrisers began a 400 mile march - from New Orleans to Houston - to demand that Biden strengthen his infrastructure package even further to include good jobs for all and a robust Civilian Climate Corps, ensuring that post-pandemic they have economic opportunity.

Sunrise Movement is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.