“It is appalling that a few, isolated moderates in the Democratic caucus remain willing to threaten the hope of a just and livable planet for generations to come.”
New York, NY – As Congress sets a final deadline to pass a major reconciliation package supported by the overwhelming majority of the American public and the Democratic caucus, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action issued the following statement:
“After months of promises and activism, including unprecedented mobilization by the American Jewish community in support of a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill supporting climate, jobs, and justice, it is appalling that a few, isolated moderates in the Democratic caucus remain willing to threaten the hope of a just and livable planet for generations to come. Our leaders have promised, time and time again, that they will deliver historic investments in climate that meet the scale that science demands. Now, as negotiations reach their conclusion, they must follow through.
“Last week, we celebrated the holiday of Simchat Torah, when we finish the yearly cycle of reading the Torah and immediately begin again. Right now, Congress has the opportunity to initiate a new story – one in which we realize a future with good, green jobs, affordable and accessible clean energy, and environmental justice for all. Their actions can help uphold the fundamental Jewish value of living l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation.
“We applaud the Progressive Caucus for holding the line and demanding congressional leaders move the infrastructure and Build Back Better packages forward in tandem. After a summer of nonstop climate emergencies and last weekend’s devastating oil spill off the coast of California, it is time for Senators Manchin and Sinema, as well as the few Democratic holdouts in the House, to support the just, green future we need. Our country cannot afford to miss this opportunity.”