Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the ongoing negotiations and progress made toward finalizing the Build Back Better Act in order to deliver for the American people. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Senate Democrats are working to pass Build Back Better and send it to the president’s desk as soon as possible, so we can strengthen the middle class, create opportunity in the 21st century, and fight the climate crisis.
Yesterday, I had a good discussion with the President and the Speaker, where we talked about ongoing negotiations on finalizing the Build Back Better Act so we can pass it through the Senate.
The President requested more time to continue his negotiations, and so we will keep working with him hand in hand to bring this bill over the finish line and deliver on these much-needed provisions.
At its core, Build Back Better is about making the greatest investment in the American people that we have seen in generations. It’s about building new ladders to help people climb into the middle class, and providing them stability to thrive in the middle class once they get there.
That means lowering the costs of prescription drugs, extending the Child Tax Credit, making child care more affordable for tens of millions of families, expanding housing, early education and affordable health care.
And it means taking unprecedented steps to fight climate change and lay the groundwork for greater action in the future.
These are all things that the American people want. These are things Democrats are fighting to secure.
And it cannot be forgotten that not a single Republican, not one, has joined us in making them happen—they’re opposed to making child care more affordable, they’re opposed to fighting the climate crisis, and they are possibly even considering fighting provisions like making drugs like insulin more affordable.
If Republicans won’t fight to help everyday Americans afford the basics, Democrats will.
We are going to keep working to achieve our goal of passing Build Back Better into law.