November 19, 2021

Moulton Statement on House Passage of the Build Back Better Act

WASHINGTON — Following passage in the House of the Build Back Better Act, Representative Seth Moulton released the following statement

“For years, American families have been asking their elected leaders for pretty simple things.

They’ve told us they need quality, affordable childcare so they don’t have to quit their jobs; paid family and medical leave so they’re not forced to choose between taking care of a loved one and a paycheck; affordable medication for their diabetes or cancer so they don’t have to decide between groceries and life-saving treatment; and ultimately just a fair shot and equal chance to get ahead.

Tonight, with the House’s passage of the Build Back Better Act, we are a step closer to solving these challenges. This bill is more transformative than any piece of legislation we’ve seen in years. 

While we didn’t always agree and today’s outcome might’ve taken longer than many of my colleagues hoped for, the simple truth is that legislation like this doesn’t come without negotiation, compromise and a bit of frustration. 

This bill isn’t only transformative because it finally meets the needs of working-class American families, but also because it pushes us toward a path to reinventing our 1950s transportation system. The agenda includes money for true high-speed rail that will connect people and offer cleaner, faster, and safer alternatives to sitting in traffic.

For a long time, if you were a supporter of high-speed rail, people would listen politely, agree...and then say it will never happen. But whether you care about climate change, economic development, or simply spending our limited transportation dollars more wisely, high-speed rail is the answer.

Every American deserves the freedom to travel comfortably and effortlessly at 200 mph from city to city and town to town if they want to, just like the rest of the developed world. And tonight, we just got closer than we've ever been to this reality.

I applaud my colleagues in the House for doing the hard work to get to this moment and I urge the Senate to follow our lead and get this done. Americans have waited for us to act for far too long.”