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For Immediate Release


Ellen Sciales, 

Press Release

Sunrise Movement Responds to Texas Storm: Biden Must Pass At Least a $3.5T Climate and Jobs Package


On Tuesday afternoon, after Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall in Texas, Varshini Prakash, Executive Director of Sunrise Movement, released the following statement:  

“Once again, the devastating impacts of the climate crisis are on full display, as hundreds of thousands of Texans lose power yet again in Tropical Storm Nicholas. It comes after heat waves so intense in the Pacific Northwest they melted power lines, and after Hurricane Ida washed away cars and killed dozens of New Yorkers. It doesn’t go unnoticed that Joe Biden is making the climate crisis a priority by visiting climate disaster zones, and raising the stakes of the fight in Congress over real investments in clean energy. But words alone won’t meet the moment. Right now as people across Texas are facing yet another horrific, but preventable storm, suffering and barely surviving, politicians like Joe Manchin are derailing our chance of passing a bold climate agenda.

“Let’s be honest: whether or not this historic legislation passes is largely on President Biden, and it will define his legacy. Joe Biden can’t be the climate President if he lets Joe Manchin and conservative Democrats get in his way of passing the boldest reconciliation package possible. It’s time to start playing hardball, and doing what it takes to hold accountable the Senators who are blocking progress on the most important crises of our time. President Biden must do everything in his power to pass at least a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package so we can transform our country’s infrastructure and combat the climate crisis. $3.5 trillion was already the compromise.” 


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

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