Dems Add Civilian Climate Corps to Massive $3-Trillion Spending Bill

Dems Add Civilian Climate Corps to Massive $3-Trillion Spending Bill

( – Republican senators blocked a Democratic-led effort to start debate on a new bipartisan infrastructure bill on Wednesday, July 21. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) voted with Republicans so that he could reintroduce the measure at a later date. Meanwhile, Democrats keep working out the details on a roughly $3.5 trillion companion bill they hope for force through the Senate using reconciliation.

On July 20, a group of 84 House and Senate Democrats sent a letter to Leader Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussing the creation of a new jobs program called Civilian Climate Corps. Funding for the measure would come from the Democrats’ infrastructure bill and not the bipartisan measure.

Citing economic and job-related fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Democrats explained the bill would serve a dual purpose. They propose half the fund’s investments should be allocated to address issues related to environmental issues and their impact on front-line communities. Those issues would include measures ranging from the creation of clean energy to environmental justice and various related concerns.

The other part of the program would address a laundry list of matters like the creation of new “ambitious” labor standards, “strengthening career pathways,” and providing “living wage[s].”

Fortunately, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has expressed some concerns regarding the Democrats’ proposed bill. That’s important because they cannot lose a single vote if they expect to pass their measure using reconciliation.

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