NOVEMBER 19, 2021

Elizabeth Fairchild

Washington, DC — This morning, the House voted to pass the Build Back Better Act, the second bill in President Biden’s Build Back Better Framework, following passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act earlier this month. Liz Fairchild, Executive Director of Business Forward, issued the following statement in response:

“Today’s vote on the Build Back Better Act is a critical step toward building a more competitive future for America’s small businesses. The $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation bill funds investments in education, job creation, health care, and family leave — but its primary focus is $555 billion to build a 21st century clean energy economy.

Ahead of the vote, more than 600 small business leaders signed a statement in support of the swift passage of the Build Back Better Framework: They emphasized that the package will create good-paying jobs, put the U.S. on track to meet our climate goals, and drive a sustainable economic recovery, all while cutting costs and taxes for the middle class.

I encourage the Senate to take up the bill as soon as possible, in order to accelerate the transition to a clean economy and restore the U.S. as a global leader on energy.”



Business Forward helps local business leaders make the “business case” for climate action, affordable healthcare, immigration reform, diversity and inclusion, sensible tax laws, criminal justice reform, infrastructure investment, and other pro-growth reforms. These leaders brief policymakers, work with local media, publish op-eds, submit testimony, advocate online, and organize their communities. We also promote their recommendations through issue briefs, survey reports, training manuals, and podcasts. More than 650 mayors, governors, members of Congress, and senior Administration officials have participated in our briefings.