The Update: What’s Happening in Harrisburg and DC – December 5, 2021




While we await the vote on Build Back Better in the Senate, here’s a review of how it will make a big difference to Appalachia. Make sure to contact your representative to tell them what you think about how they voted on Build Back Better in the House.

In Solidarity,

Stephen Herzenberg
Executive Director

To Realize Our ReImagined Appalachia, We MUST Pass the Build Back Better Act—Here’s Why

ReImagine Appalachia Blog | by Stephen Herzenberg and Jessica Arriens

While the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a bevy of much-needed investments in Appalachia’s lands and communities, the bill alone is not enough to tackle our climate crisis and economic crisis. That’s why the Build Back Better Act is also essential: together, these bills can make the kind of transformative investments in climate solutions, job creation, environmental justice, and more that we need to build a 21st-century Appalachia.

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Take Action

The U.S. House passed the Build Back Better bill. Tell your representative what you think about their vote!

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better (BBB) bill with all but one Democratic representative voting in favor of historic investments in high-quality, universal pre-K; good-paying jobs; more affordable health care, housing, childcare, and higher education; and broadly shared economic security. Every single Republican representative said “NO” to these long-overdue investments.

Contact your representative to tell them what you think about how they voted on Build Back Better in the House.

In the News

CBS 21 | 11/29/21

“’Pennsylvania is going to see some really significant gains coming from the Build Back Better Plan addressing these supply chain issues because of the critical role that the Keystone State has in shipping goes across the country and around the world,’ Garis adds.”