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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this moment so important?
Democrats in Congress have been negotiating a budget reconciliation bill since early 2021, and this bill has long been understood as the vehicle for major climate policy in this Congress. The negotiations have gone through many twists and turns — but we’re finally at the finish line. Senate leadership has now come to an agreement with moderate Democrats whose votes are needed to pass the legislation, now called the Inflation Reduction Act. The policies they have agreed on will be the biggest action Congress has ever taken to address climate. We need everyone to call or write their Democratic Senators and Representatives to urge them all to vote “yes” on this major climate bill.
What happens if the Senate does pass this bill?
The bill will head to the House for a vote. We’re asking you to call or write your Representatives now to express your support since they are likely to vote on it soon. Once it passes the House, the bill will go to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
What’s included in the Inflation Reduction Act?
The Inflation Reduction Act includes many climate provisions. If it passes, it will be the biggest Congressional action on climate ever. It includes tax credits that will make our energy cleaner and more affordable for Americans. It also includes a methane pollution fee.
What can people in Republican states and districts do to support this bill?
Although the Inflation Reduction Act includes many provisions that enjoy bipartisan support, only Democratic Senators and Representatives are expected to vote for it. Because of that, we are not calling or writing Republican Senators and Representatives about this bill. If you live in a red state and district, you can help by spreading the word to friends and family in blue states and districts.
What is budget reconciliation, anyway?
Budget reconciliation is a process where adjustments to spending and revenue can be made with 51 Senate votes instead of the full 60 votes. The rules of what can be included in a budget reconciliation are strict and governed by a nonpartisan Senate parliamentarian.
Is this bill the same as Build Back Better?
Build Back Better is the name of the bill that the House passed through budget reconciliation in 2021. The Senate has negotiated its own bill, which is not the same package. The Senate’s version is officially named the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
What else can I do?
You only need to call or write your Democratic Senators and Representative once. Then, share this page with any friends, family and coworkers who live in blue states and districts, and want to see Congress take major climate action.
Who is Citizens’ Climate Lobby?
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Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations.
CCL empowers everyday people to work with their community and their members of Congress. Our supporters cover the political spectrum and work in more than 450 local chapters. Together, we’re building support for a national bipartisan solution to climate change.