SEEC Leadership applauds passage of the Build Back Better Act

November 19, 2021
Press Release

Washington D.C. – The leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Doris Matsui, and Paul Tonko and Vice-Chairs Reps. Matt Cartwright, Alan Lowenthal, A. Donald McEachin, Chellie Pingree, and Mike Quigley, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act:

“This is a momentous day in the history of the fight against the climate crisis. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of investing $555 billion to build a clean economy that will combat climate change and help protect our planet for generations to come. This is the single largest climate investment that Congress has ever considered.

“When combined with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that President Biden signed into law on Monday, the House has now voted for nearly $1 trillion in climate spending to transform our economy and put it on a net zero emissions pathway. Together, these bills will create hundreds of thousands of good green jobs here in the U.S. and save the average American family hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs.

“Many of SEEC’s members were able to attend the COP26 international climate conference in Glasgow this month, where we all heard loud and clear the message of the greater international community that now is the time to finally stand up and put the world on the path to prevent the worst horrors of the climate crisis. The U.S. must be a leader in that fight, and there is no time to lose.

“We urge our colleagues in the Senate to preserve the climate funding in this bill and to bring it up for consideration with all due haste.”