Texas: Congress Must Pass the Build Back Better Act

EDF Action Statement from Colin Leyden, Texas Political Director

December 21, 2021
Ben Schneider, bschneider@edf.org, (202) 572-3279

(AUSTIN, TX – Dec. 21, 2021) “The Build Back Better Act is vitally important for our economy, the stability of our electric grid, and our children’s future. It will reduce pollution, lower costs for Texas families and create good jobs. It is also the most ambitious climate and environmental justice action in American history. All of this makes it essential that the Senate pass this legislation.

“Texas is often referred to as the energy capital of the world. Congress must act now to ensure Texas leads the world in the advanced energy economy. The Build Back Better Act won’t just help us compete for clean energy jobs. It will protect Texas kids by reducing asthma triggered by pollution. It will bring electric vehicles within the reach of middle class families, and help them weatherize their homes.

“By turning the climate crisis into an opportunity, the Build Back Better Act is a fiscally responsible investment in our future. Independent analysts like Moody’s have said the Build Back Better Act will ease long term inflation. Our Texas economy may benefit more than any other state from the Build Back Better Act, the most fiscally responsible major legislation to come before Congress in recent years.

“We will continue to fight for passage of the Build Back Better Act. For Texas families who need relief and demand a better future for their children, we must get this done.”

  • Colin Leyden, Texas Political Director for EDF Action