For Immediate Release
Contact: Natalia Pérez Santos

AFSCME’s Saunders: ‘We are starting to turn the corner’; now Congress must finish the job

AFSCME President Lee Saunders released the following statement after the House passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

“The passage of this bill is a watershed moment that is a long time coming. It will create good union jobs, providing the shot in the arm our economy and our communities need. It will improve quality of life for all of us – everyone who drives on our roads, who rides public transit, who buys goods that pass through our ports, who depends on clean drinking water and a reliable power grid.

“Today’s vote in the House comes on the immediate heels of a very strong jobs report this morning, with more than half a million jobs created in October, as the virus continues to recede. After more than a year and a half of struggle and challenge, we are starting to turn the corner, and the passage of the infrastructure bill will further accelerate progress.

“But Congress’ work isn’t done. The House and the Senate both must move immediately to also pass the Build Back Better Act, which will make unprecedented and urgently needed investments in our human infrastructure.

“Build Back Better would be life-changing for millions upon millions of people. It includes the robust support many of our neighbors need to live with greater security and dignity. If you rely on prescription drugs to stay alive, if the affordable housing crisis is devastating your family, if you need access to child care for your kids or home care for your elderly parents, you can’t wait any longer.

“Jobs are coming back. We are getting closer to ending this pandemic. Resources are coming into our communities. We are heading in the right direction – not just a return to normalcy in America, but profound change that leaves everyone better off than before. Now, it’s time to finish the job.”