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Ellen Sciales

Sunrise Movement Responds to Senate Dems Weighing $6 Trillion Infrastructure Bill


As Senate Democrats begin to discuss their own infrastructure bill, Lauren Maunus, Advocacy Director for Sunrise Movement, released the following statement:

"Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer cannot let Kyrsten Sinema and Rob Portman hijack this moment, and must proceed with at least this $6 trillion investment. The bipartisan proposal of $973 billion over five years is laughable when compared to the military's 2020 budget of $721.5 billion for a single fiscal year. This is a matter of priorities - and Democrats' priorities must be to support working people, create jobs and stop the impending climate crisis that's destroying our communities. If Democrats fail to do so, we not only risk our futures, but will jeopardize any electoral chances in 2022 and beyond.

"Dozens of Senators and MOCs have made it clear that leadership should not count on their votes on any bipartisan package if reconciliation that puts climate at the very center is not locked in first. The American people are in need - andthe only way to expedite the process of passing this infrastructure package is to pass the boldest budget resolution as soon as possible, go through reconciliation in July, and pass a robust infrastructure package by August recess. We will accept no other scenario - no compromise, no excuses."

All year, Sunrise has called for a $10 trillion investment in infrastructure, noting that it's the minimum of what we need to jumpstart our economy to support working people, create good jobs, and combat climate change. Knowing that $6 trillion is just the start, Sunrise Movement plans to hold a large, escalated action in Washington DC on June 28th and will continue the fight to pass a bold, comprehensive infrastructure package including a fully-funded Civilian Climate Corps throughout the summer.

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