Washington, D.C. — Following the welcome passage of the Build Back Better Act in the U.S. House of Representatives — which is fully paid for, as Treasury Secretary Yellen has detailed — government watchdog Accountable.US released the following statement on behalf of its president, Kyle Herrig, as all eyes turn to the U.S. Senate: 

“Simply put, the Senate may not get a chance like this again for decades to cut costs and level the playing field for millions of everyday workers, families and seniors while finally doing something to contain the spiraling climate crisis. It would be nothing short of economic malpractice to squander this opportunity to improve the lives and boost health care access for so many, all because of inconsequential gripes from greedy corporate special interests that have managed to bank billions in profits despite an ongoing pandemic.”

“There is no coherent argument to be made for voting against a tax cut for most Americans just to keep job-outsourcing corporations and a handful of billionaires from paying their fair share, especially after years of the wealthy paying relatively nothing. Build Back Better is the bold and responsible way forward as many Americans continue to struggle to navigate a fragile economic recovery during a pandemic – investments in our kids, seniors, and health care that will pay dividends now and later. There’s too much at stake for industry-money-chasing obstructionists in Congress to sideline transformational investments in the middle-class inches from the goal line, just to keep the game rigged in favor of a wealthy few.” 

In addition, as Congressional Republicans cherry pick new conclusions from the Congressional Budget Office, Accountable.US released a new analysis spotlighting Republicans’ history of frequently discrediting and undermining the CBO whenever they have been inconvenienced by its assessments. 

 

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