fbpx

Infrastructure Bill Passage An Important Step Forward We Must Now Pass Full Build Back Better Act

11.06.2021

Washington D.C. Following the final passage of the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Héctor Sánchez Barba, Executive Director and CEO of Mi Familia Vota released the following statement: 

The Latino community values hard work, the ability to contribute and help build our country. The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will create good union jobs, providing the shot in the arm our economy and the Latino communities need. 

The investments are unprecedented, we will boost economic growth and create millions of good-paying jobs, bring supply chains back to the U.S. This bill will deliver the largest-ever federal investments in public transit and clean drinking water, in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak, in bridges since the construction of the highway system, and the creation of universal internet access for American households. 

It will create jobs by fixing roads and bridges, replacing dangerous lead pipes to ensure our kids have clean drinking water, modernizing our electric grid, and making the largest investment in electric vehicle infrastructure in American history.  Level the playing field and create economic opportunity for working people and communities of color by addressing economic disparities and rectifying decades of disinvestment. 

While all of this is worth celebrating, this deal is only one part of President Biden’s agenda. Now, Congress must immediately work to pass the Build Back Better Act. Our immigrant familia kept our country alive during this pandemic, providing essential work that kept food on our tables. We cannot leave them with nothing, we must fight to give them the protections they deserve and help them live better lives.  We must pass desperately needed investments in fighting climate change, and we must continue to provide social safety nets to families who are still struggling during this pandemic. 

Mi Familia Vota builds Latino political power as a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.