Last week, President Biden shared the first part of his Build Back Better plan with the country — the American Jobs Plan. The American Jobs Plan (AJP, for short) is the first part of the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Package, and it works to address physical infrastructure and the care economy. We expect the President to release a second plan later that will address other critical parts of Recovery focused on human infrastructure.
There are a lot of great things to note in the AJP, and you can read all about them here in our latest resource. But as you already know, this recess we’ve been pushing for the boldest recovery package possible, and for us, that’s the THRIVE agenda.
As a reminder, here’s what we’re looking for when we say bold and progressive recovery:
- Size: We need big, bold investments in order to create the jobs needed to address mass unemployment, racial injustice, a public health crisis, and climate change.
- Scope: The scope of recovery needs to be broad in order to touch all sectors of the economy and usher in a transformative regenerative economy with lasting benefits for all.
- Standards: In order to tackle the climate crisis, address racial inequality, and build worker power all investments must be tied to strong environmental, equity, and labor standards.
- Speed: We must pass recovery quickly, both because it is urgently needed and because there is a short political window during which we can pass bold legislation.
The THRIVE agenda is the progressive investment in our future and our democracy that we need to (quite literally) thrive under the new Biden administration. We know that a robust and comprehensive package is possible, but only if we demand it. This spring recess has been a great way to flex our progressive power, and we need to keep the momentum going! Make sure to keep calling your representatives and your senators to ask them to support our March and April recess asks. Then, take a look at the Recovery Recess event map to see if there’s a local or virtual event near you and sign up to attend.
If we want to influence the size of the recovery plan we’ve got to act fast — the House will begin working on this the moment they’re back from recess in order to pass it by July 4. And while July feels a long way off, this really means our recess work is perfectly timed to influence work that will start the moment our members of Congress are back in D.C. We have to keep making calls until every member of Congress is on board with the THRIVE agenda and is committed to a fast passage of the recovery bill.
With that, here are your weekly to-dos:
Your weekly to-dos
- Last chance to attend a Recovery Recess event! It’s the second week of spring recess, so make your voice heard this week before your reps head back to D.C.! We need a bold recovery package that delivers real climate solutions, and advances racial, Indigenous, gender, and economic justice. Along with the THRIVE Resolution, we’re applying pressure on MoCs to pass critical democracy reforms, like the For the People Act and D.C. statehood without letting the filibuster get in the way.
- Ask your representative to co-sponsor the THRIVE Agenda. With the climate crisis continuing to intensify, the economy entering a deep recession, and the need for racial justice and healing being felt as acutely as ever, the case for a Green New Deal-style policymaking is stronger than ever before.
- Watch and share our latest video on why relying on the budget reconciliation process in the Senate is unsustainable. Budget reconciliation can be a confusing process, so our latest video explains what reconciliation is, and how the only path forward is to eliminate the filibuster once and for all.
- Get a jump start on next week and make a call to support D.C. statehood. Next week is a HUGE week for D.C. statehood! With a bill mark-up, Emancipation Day, and more, we have to make the most of these moments to support this crucial part of democracy reform.
- Take action for democracy reform with the For the People Project. Check out our For the People Project page to learn more about our plans and find ways to take action.
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Next week on the Hill
It’s Recovery Recess and Indivisibles across the country are pressuring their members of Congress who’re home in their district offices for the week — and while the Hill may be quiet this week, next week will be full of action! Not only will the House be working hard on Biden’s Build Back Better plan (and they’ll have lots of feedback from constituents like you who want to see the plan on par with THRIVE), but it’s also a BIG week for democracy!
Starting on Wednesday, April 14, the House will be marking up the D.C. statehood bill, bringing it one step closer to the House floor for a vote. On Thursday, in recognition of Tax Day, Indivisible groups will be uplifting the importance of D.C. statehood and how residents of D.C. pay taxes yet have no representation in Congress. And Friday is D.C. Emancipation Day, which celebrates the freeing of thousands of slaves in the district a full eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the South. If you’d like to participate in the Democracy Days of Action with our partners, share the resources below with everyone you know.
- Check out this video on how D.C. statehood is a racial justice issue.
- Share this video on why D.C. statehood is critical for reforming our democracy.
- Watch this video on voting rights — and how the For the People Act can restore our democracy.
- Learn why the filibuster needs to be abolished in order to pass D.C. statehood.
- Read this resource on why filibuster reform doesn’t go far enough.