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Aug 16, 2022

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Issues Statement Following President Biden Signature of Inflation Reduction Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 16, 2022) – Today, President Joe Biden made history by signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law.  The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) applauds the unprecedented investments in healthcare, climate justice and tax fairness at a time when too many in our community continue to struggle.  As millions of Black families experience economic hardship, skyrocketing costs, and a disproportionate burden from the climate crisis, the passage of this legislation will begin to provide much needed relief. The IRA’s provisions to invest nearly $400 billion in climate change, allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, extending health insurance subsidies, and imposing a 15% minimum tax on corporations that make more than $1 billion each year will help working families across the nation, particularly in Black, Brown, indigenous, and rural communities.

Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), issued the following statement “I am glad this legislation landed on President Biden’s desk after compromise in both chambers of Congress.  It is a historic investment in our economy, an important piece of legislation for the planet and a crucial step in making our economy work for our communities that are too often overlooked.  Yes, there is still much more work to be done, and time is of the essence, but we also understand the need to pass immediate relief where possible and simultaneously organize our communities to vote for candidates who will not stand in the way of the progress voters demand. 

“As the nation’s affordability crisis continues, the need to address the systemic imbalances that have left millions of vulnerable people at risk to physical, mental and economic harm exists.

“It was the power of Black voters, especially Black women voters, that led the way to shift power in the halls of Congress and the White House in 2020.  This mandate to deliver on economic justice and opportunity is because millions of Black voters, other people of color and young people, demanded that their elected leaders actively take legislative action -- including the need for affordable housing & health care, a clean environment, paid family leave, lower insulin costs, and a fairer economy for working people. 

“And just as economic and environmental justice continues to be a priority for our organization, we stand firmly committed to elevating the urgency for the Congress to swiftly pass federal voting rights, reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ rights legislation now.”


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