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Biden’s inflation bill is (mostly) good news for people and the planet
August 18, 2022

President Biden and the Democrats are celebrating the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, a stripped down version of the Build Back Better agenda. The new bill will help reduce inflation, address climate change, and ease economic hardship —  a little, over time, and with conditions. But that’s still a big deal.

President Biden signs the historic Inflation Reduction Act: Biden Administration scores a victory for people over profit
August 16, 2022

In the rollercoaster ride to this day when President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, it seemed all too possible that no law would reach the President’s desk. Members of the Coalition on Human Needs applaud the victory that the President’s signature represents: the unflagging efforts by the Administration and members of Congress to make progress because they recognized that failure would be measured in preventable sickness, hardship, and growing environmental threats. 

With House passage, President Biden can sign the Inflation Reduction Act into law: Historic live-saving steps we must build upon
August 12, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act provides extremely important help. It will reduce hardship, improve health, and start to protect our future. But we’ve got more to do, both to make sure the law fulfills its promises, and to take up the unfinished business that we owe ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

Remembering Bill Collins
August 11, 2022

I learned this week about the passing of a remarkable man. Bill Collins died recently in a car accident at the age of 87. Bill was a popular former mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut. In his hometown, tributes have poured in celebrating Bill’s legacy of revitalizing the city’s downtown, professionalizing its civil service, and championing affordable housing over his four terms in office. But I got to know Bill because of the remarkable work he did after retiring from public service.

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