SEEC Leadership Praises $555 Billion Climate Framework Agreement

October 29, 2021
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, 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 made the following statement in response to the release of the Build Back Better Framework that includes $555 billion in climate investments.

 “President Biden’s announcement of the Build Back Better Framework is the culmination of months of diligent work to ensure that the 117th Congress meets this moment to address the climate crisis. The $555 billion for climate would be the single largest investment to combat climate change in our nation’s history. Importantly, this money would be spent on all sectors of our economy, including our power grid, transportation systems, buildings, industries, and agricultural and public lands and waters. These investments will also be crucial to address legacy pollution, support climate and environmental justice, and help transition workers to a clean energy future.

“We have only reached this point through the tireless advocacy of our members and other colleagues. Further, we would not be here without the countless advocates from across the country that have made their voices heard that we must act on climate. To fail in this task would have dire ramifications for not only those already living through the tragic consequences of the climate crisis today but also for generations to come.

“This investment in a clean economy future will put the U.S. on the path to achieving President Biden’s ambitious but achievable climate goal of reducing 50-52% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. SEEC stands ready to work with the Biden Administration and our colleagues in the House and the Senate to get this bill over the finish line.”