Congressman DeFazio’s work in the passage of the Build Back Better Act should give Oregonians reason to be optimistic about our state’s future.

The bill not only puts the country on course for economic recovery but will vastly improve our quality of life by providing a historic investment into American workers, jobs, families and communities. There’s something in the Build Better Act for everyone to celebrate.

This bill will:

Provide a $555 billion investment into renewable energy, efficient transportation, clean water and protections from climate-related disasters helping protect Oregon’s precious forests and waterways;

Protect medically vulnerable citizens by expanding Medicare coverage and benefits, regulating the costs of prescription drugs and providing hearing services for Medicare recipients;

Limit the effects of poverty by investing $166 billion into housing aid measures, making education and health services more affordable and expanding tax credits for low-income families.

For the first time in recent memory, everyday working folks won’t be footing the bill for the Washington agenda; corporations and the uber-rich will finally be paying their fair share. That’s one reason why, despite the size of the bill, the Build Back Better Act won’t even raise the national debt.

Combined with the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Build Back Better framework would create 1.5 million jobs over the next decade – ensuring that communities all over Oregon reap the bills’ rewards.

Congressman DeFazio has been a key architect of the Build Back Better framework in his role as chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, ensuring that Oregonians have a seat at the table when it comes to getting our fair share of funding. It’s time for the Senate to set aside blind partisanship and move swiftly and vote this bill into law. For Curry County residents it can’t come soon enough.

Vicki Bradley

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