Bill marks an important victory for rural residents. Urge House Democrats to Pass IRA ASAP
The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.Org:
We (very loudly) applaud Senate Democrats who, with the help of a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris, passed the landmark Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) today. This legislation will have significant impacts on rural communities.
The climate crisis has a growing death toll and has caused so much damage around athe country, including rural communities. People living in rural areas have become all too familiar with drought, violent storms and floods, rising temperatures, and megafires. This bill makes the most significant contribution ever to addressing the crisis.
It’s no secret that many rural residents are poorer, older, and experience higher rates of key risk factors when compared to the nation as a whole. And, many of our friends, family, and neighbors are on Medicare or have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Those residents will get relief thanks to the Democratic bill.
For too long, Republicans have worked to convince rural voters that they are on their side. Today’s vote against the IRA by every Republican Senator, - and, of note, their 43 votes to remove insulin caps from the bill - shows once again that they are not. Democrats are actually delivering for our rural communities.
Something that seemed impossible just a couple weeks ago is now on the verge of becoming the law of the land. Thanks to Majority Leader Schumer and his fellow Senate Democrat for making this happen. We urge House Democrats to pass the bill as soon as possible and really strongly encourage every House Democrat with a rural constituency to support it.
The mission of RuralOrganizing.org is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.