WASHINGTON, DC – Bridges Faith Initiative celebrates the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 in the Senate. This historic legislation represents a step toward addressing climate change and skyrocketing healthcare costs. More importantly, we celebrate the work of advocates and the immigrant community that ensured that the 50 senators rejected any anti-immigrant amendments that attempted to codify Title 42, prolong the Remain In Mexico Policy or increase militarization at the border.
Bridges Faith Initiative is deeply thankful for the herculean efforts of its activists and allies in advocating in preventing the legislation from including amendments that would contradict our call to faith to heal not harm. We also thank our Congressional Champions who heeded the call of our communities to stand united and reject hate to pass this bill without harmful immigration amendments. Now we urge the House to quickly pass the Inflation Reduction Act and send it to President Biden’s desk.
Rabbi Joshua Lesser, President of Bridges Faith Initiative, issued the following statement:
“This weekend, the Senate passed the necessary Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 which will address climate change and skyrocketing healthcare costs. Not only was this an essential success, but, just as important, our efforts and the efforts of many other aligned organizations prevented the attempts to use this bill as a vehicle to harm immigrants. The legislation did not include any of the anti-immigration amendments that sought to poison the legislation. We are grateful for the incredible efforts of our activists in calling and emailing their Senators to urge them to vote no on these anti-immigrant sentiments. I am especially thankful for the efforts of the Senators of my home state Georgia, Senator Warnock and Senator Ossoff, for their commitment to not play politics with people’s lives and pass legislation that makes our economy work for everyone.”