Thursday, October 28, 2021
CONTACT: Sara Loflin, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: Responding to the announcement today by President Joe Biden of a framework proposal to pass the historic Build Back Better Plan making historic investments in “human infrastructure” like child and adult home care, expand access to affordable healthcare and education, and the largest campaign to address human-caused climate change in American history, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, thanked progressive lawmakers including Colorado’s Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper for fighting for every dollar to help working people and families across Colorado.

“Today’s announcement of the Build Back Better framework is a historic investment in many of the priorities that progressives have sought for generations. But let’s be clear, painful choices were forced on progressives by two members of the US Senate Democratic Caucus and unanimous obstruction by the Senate Republicans. This is a time to thank Colorado’s Senators for their hard work,” said Sara Loflin, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. “Free preschool for all three and four-year-olds in America builds on Colorado’s leadership in early childhood education. The expansion of child and home adult care will provide Americans who need to rejoin the workforce to provide for their families new options. And the investment of $555 billion to combat human-caused climate change is a long-overdue down payment on saving the planet from decades of short-sightedness.”

“The Build Back Better framework as announced today leaves out some important long-term goals, and sets up future fights to protect crucial gains like permanent funding for Sen. Michael Bennet’s Child Tax Credit,” said Loflin. “The long-term solution to the problems we faced in getting this historic legislation through the process is a majority that doesn’t allow any one lawmaker to exercise control over the process. We’re grateful to our Democratic lawmakers from Colorado like Sen. Bennet who fought constructively through this debate for everything they could. Now we call on the House and Senate to pass this framework into law without delay so it can begin immediately helping Colorado families.”