By Madison Mayhew, IPL Policy Associate
It’s officially spring in Washington, which means school field trips and segway tours are back in full swing. As the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom, the city joined in celebration as Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. She is not only one of the most qualified judges ever to be nominated, but will serve as the first Black woman on the bench. A wonderful moment of celebration for our country.
When the Senate returns from recess next week, President Biden and Majority Leader Schumer will have a narrow window to deliver meaningful climate action before the midterms. It has certainly been a rollercoaster ride to move these negotiations forward, and we know these next couple of weeks are pivotal to maintaining momentum to get the climate provisions of the bill formerly known as Build Back Better, passed.
Sen. Manchin gave renewed hope about passing a legislative package, namely through paying corporate taxes and reforming prescription drugs. We’re troubled to hear Sen. Manchin press for handouts to the fossil fuel industry alongside investments in renewable energy, and we’ll continue to advocate for a clean reconciliation bill that truly cares for our Common Home. However, Progressives are open to making a deal during this crucial time, and we will keep fighting to make sure the best possible bill passes.
On April 23, the day after Earth Day, allies from across the climate movement – environmental organizations, policymakers, faith organizations, youth groups, labor unions, and more – will come together to call on Congress and President Biden to “Fight for our Futures” and get critical investments in climate, care, jobs, and justice over the finish line.
IPL is supporting the Fight For Our Future actions on 4/23 in DC, GA and AZ.
We recognize that this action is taking place on Shabbat and a day that some Jews observe as a chag or holy day of Passover. They also fall during Ramadan. Please join if it is in keeping with your practice. In DC, we will gather as a faith community to root ourselves in our rituals and traditions.