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The Build Back Better Plan

Background

The U.S. Needs Better Infrastructure

TThe United States is the wealthiest country in the world, yet we rank 13th when it comes to the overall quality of our infrastructure.


We need a plan that builds bridges to better jobs while combating the climate crisis and providing clean water for all. The Build Back Better Plan will make life better for millions of Americans, creating a generation of good-paying union jobs and economic growth in frontline communities, including those that have suffered most due to Covid-19.

Why It Matters for Illinois 

The American Society for Civil Engineers gives Illinois a C- on its infrastructure report card. Illinois stands to benefit in many ways from the Build Back Better Plan, as it targets 40 percent of the benefits of climate and infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities. The plan also invests in rural communities and communities impacted by the transition to clean energy. 


You can read more about the details of the plan at the White House's Fact Sheet, but the details the Faith in Place Action Fund is most focused on are those that create equitable jobs and address climate and environmental justice such as:  

  • Fixing highways, rebuilding bridges, and upgrading and transit systems ​with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, and safety for users

  • Building a better energy grid, and retrofitting buildings and homes to be more efficient

  • Building a network of EV chargers to facilitate long-distance travel and reduce the pollution burden in high-traffic neighborhoods, often communities of color and low-income areas

  • Delivering clean drinking water by replacing all lead pipes and service lines in our drinking water systems

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Our Response

Much more is needed to provide good jobs for everyone who is currently unemployed, to meet the gravity of the climate crisis, and to meaningfully counteract decades of underinvestment in frontline communities. 
 
But this is a good start, offering unprecedented investments and a plan that's as big as the crises we face. 
 
Please encourage your representatives to support the Build Back Better Plan and to fight for strong labor equity and environmental standards to chart a path for an equitable economy for all Americans.