Skip to main content

Common Dreams. Journalism funded by people, not corporations.

There has never been—and never will be—an advertisement on our site except for this one: without readers like you supporting our work, we wouldn't exist.

No corporate influence. No pay-wall. Independent news and opinion 365 days a year that is freely available to all and funded by those who support our mission: To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.

Our mission is clear. Our model is simple. If you can, please support our Fall Campaign today.

Support Our Work -- No corporate influence. No pay-wall. Independent news funded by those who support our mission: To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. Please support our Fall Campaign today.

For Immediate Release

Press Release

Patriotic Millionaires Urge Democratic Unity on Budget Process in Congress

“Democrats cannot squander the opportunity to tax the rich and address the gross inequality in our nation”

Today, the House Rules Committee approved a deal that would guarantee a vote by Sept. 27 on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, a priority for moderate Democrats who stated they would not vote for the 3.5 trillion dollar reconciliation bill without a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill first. In response, Morris Pearl, former managing director at Blackrock, Inc., and Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, issued the following statement in response:

“Real economic change is on the horizon if Democrats pass their reconciliation and infracture bills. But Democrats in the House and Senate have to remain united if we want to see this legislation turn into law. They have little room for error to pass these two spending bills through the House and the Senate, even though the American people overwhelmingly support both pieces of legislation. With widespread support for critical legislation that would raise taxes on the rich and corporations while also providing much needed investments in our country's social safety net and physical infrastructure, Democrats have a chance to make a significant impact in the lives of millions of Americans if they can work together.

Democrats ALL broadly agree with the proposals set forth in both plans. But they cannot squander the opportunity to tax the rich and address the gross inequality in our nation that has long benefited millionaires, billionaires, and corporations at the expense of Americans who work for a living. The deal reached today in the House is a crucial step in Democrats delivering on the promises they made to the American people in last year's elections. They have the majority and they have the right economic message - now they just need to find the political will to remain united and fulfill the promises they m


The Patriotic Millionaires is a group of high-net worth Americans who share a profound concern about the destabilizing level of inequality in America. Our work centers on the two things that matter most in a capitalist democracy: power and money. Our goal is to ensure that the country’s political economy is structured to meet the needs of regular Americans, rather than just millionaires. We focus on three “first” principles: a highly progressive tax system, a livable minimum wage, and equal political representation for all citizens.

'Progressives Won't Leave Working Families Behind': Jayapal Stands Ground Against Pelosi-Biden

"We've been clear since the spring: the infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better Act pass together—and that hasn't changed."

Brett Wilkins ·

'Too Bad We Can't Tax Egos': Elon Musk Blasted for Attack on Billionaire Tax

"This country made him rich," said one critic. "He owes us."

Julia Conley ·

'Hold the Line': Progressives Push to Block Vote on Weaker Bill Without Final Text of Build Back Better

"By holding firm on keeping the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill firmly linked, progressives are giving their colleagues in the Senate the space and the leverage to negotiate the strongest package possible."

Common Dreams staff ·

Will They Lie or Finally Come Clean?: Watch Fossil Fuel CEOs Testify at Historic Hearing

"Will these executives own up to their misinformation, or keep trying to hide behind lies and spin?"

Andrea Germanos ·

'Pelosi Absolutely Destroyed' Tax on Billionaires, Says Democratic Insider

"The idea that Manchin is to blame for killing the billionaires' tax is too convenient," argued a journalist who spoke with party aides about the moribund proposal.

Kenny Stancil ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.

Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo