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Sunrise Movement Responds to Biden Budget Proposal: Your Legacy Is Not What You Propose, But What You Deliver

WASHINGTON -

In response to the release of President Biden’s budget for fiscal year 2022, Ellen Sciales, Press Secretary of the Sunrise Movement, released the following statement:

“The power of young people, working people, and activists across the country has shifted the political terrain to make a budget proposal of this size possible, but our movement will not stop agitating until this is solidified and there are tangible investments flowing into our communities.

“Biden’s playbook thus far has been to present ‘historic’ plans to gain media praise and support from the left and the people who elected him – but then has dropped the ball and fallen short on those promises. Biden, your legacy is not what you propose, but what you deliver. And we see right through this strategy. We’ve seen it used with Biden’s supposed commitment to the $15 minimum wage fight – a battle quickly forfeited to the Senate Parliamentarian, with his unacted upon campaign promises on reforming immigration and ending the detention of migrant families, and most recently with the concessions he’s offered to Republicans on the AJP. This might be a political show for Biden, but for us it’s a fight for our lives and for the communities we love and care about.

“We cannot miss this moment. The only way Democrats will continue to see the youth mobilization we saw in 2020 is if Biden actually delivers for our generation in a way we can see and feel. That means he must increase the federal budget even further, allocating at least $1 trillion per year to stopping climate change, and must pass a bold infrastructure package that includes a Civilian Climate Corps to create at least 1.5 million new jobs and train a new workforce for careers in the clean economy. 

“If we neglect investment now and don’t take this seriously, costs and consequences will only be greater and more destructive. We have a historic opportunity to invest in the future of this country — the risk is that we don’t meet it.”

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