In response to President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act, NextGen America President Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez released the following statement:
“Today, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, and the importance of this moment for America’s young people cannot be understated. The Inflation Reduction Act protects our future and takes unprecedented action to combat climate change by expanding the production of American-made clean energy to cut pollution, saving families hundreds of dollars a year on their energy bills, and increasing America’s energy security. Additionally, this law not only enacts meaningful climate action, it will also reduce inflation and drive prescription drug and health care costs down for American families.
“The law is a major accomplishment and a testament to the determination of Democrats in Congress who answered the call of America’s youth-led movement to see substantial, structural action on climate change. This group of lawmakers will go down as being one of the most progressive Congresses in the past century, and it’s because young voters turned out like never before in 2020 and elected leaders that would represent their needs and values. The Democrats in Congress came together to advance this bold piece of legislation, a type of action that is unprecedented in a president’s first term. They heard young organizers and felt the pressure of our movement -– and today the President is delivering.
“Again, we know this new law isn’t everything we need. There are harmful trade-offs demanded by big oil and gas, but ultimately, this historic climate investment will put us on the path to ending our dangerous and costly dependence on fossil fuels. NextGen America was founded in 2013 with the goal of creating a greener future, and after nearly a decade of activism and mobilizing, we are seeing legislation on the federal level that will change the course of the future. As the midterms near, NextGen is committed to building on this momentum and using our strength in numbers to vote out every MAGA Republican who wishes to hold us in the past. The future belongs to America’s young people and this historic climate investment is just the start of what we can accomplish.”
About NextGen America
NextGen America is the leading national organization for engaging young people through voter education, registration and mobilization. We invite 18-to-35 year olds — the largest and most diverse generation in American history — into our democracy to ensure our government works for them and to find new solutions to the dire challenges facing our society and the world. Since 2013, NextGen America has registered more than 1.4 million young voters and educated many millions more.