Madison, WI — U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) spoke with Jonathan Capehart yesterday on MSNBC to discuss the Build Back Better agenda.

“I’m confident we will pass both the Build Back Better Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure agreement because this is something that’s a priority for Democrats from Joe Biden down to every member of the House and Senate. We support the values that are in the Build Back Better Act and the infrastructure bill, and you have several hundred people right now all rowing together, including Democrats in the House and Senate, to get this done. There’s a couple handfuls that are still picking what kind of wood they want their oar to be made out of, but we’ll get there. I am as confident as Speaker Pelosi that we’re going to get both of these big bills done, and really provide some help to American families.”

“These are twin bills that are going to move together. The process isn’t important, and everyone right now is focusing on the process. It’s the product, and at the end of the day, this is going to be a tax cut for 40 million American families who have children via the tax credit, it’s going to reduce the costs for American families through paying less for prescription drugs and child care and family leave, and a whole lot of other areas to create millions of jobs, many of which have a green focus, a climate change focus, and it’s paid for. This is a popular agenda, and the real opponents of this bill is Big Pharma and the special interests who don’t want to pay for this. We will get this done because Democratic values are exactly what’s in this bill.” 

“These values are Democratic values. We know our constituents want these things, including affordable child care, family leave policies, and expanding health care options. There’s so much in here that’s good for American families and they are Democratic values. Even the people who are a little slow to come to the party, there’s several hundreds of us who are there. As Nancy Pelosi said, this is not an inner party fight. The opposition out there is Big Pharma and the special interests, many of which are running commercials, trying to pressure members of Congress. I think we’re bigger than this, and Joe Biden has done a great job in rallying us as well, and this will happen. It may not be Monday, it may be Wednesday, maybe the following Wednesday. At the end of the day, what matters is the product, and we will deliver.

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