Davis joins virtual roundtable to discuss Build Back Better Act and impacts on environmental justice

McKEESPORT, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, participated in a virtual roundtable discussion Wednesday to discuss the importance of the Build Back Better Act and its impact on environmental justice in Western Pennsylvania.

“It is clear the issues concerning our environment, infrastructure and our social safety net are deeply interconnected, and solutions that address all of these issues will have the greatest impact,” Davis said. “The bipartisan infrastructure bill is a great start as it makes long-needed investments in our roads, bridges and climate infrastructure that will benefit our region and Pennsylvania, but the investments alone will not fix the deficiencies that have plagued our disadvantaged communities. The Build Back Better Act would help to ensure that funds are allocated and used efficiently and equitably for Pennsylvanians and all Americans.”

Davis co-hosted the roundtable with Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and was joined by U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Allegheny/Beaver/Butler, and Dina Pugliesi from EDF Action, the advocacy partner of the Environmental Defense Fund, in the discussion.

"Passing the Build Back Better Act is essential to addressing the longstanding systemic racism that has forced communities of color and low-income families to bear the brunt of pollution and environmental degradation for generations," said Katie Blume, political director for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. "President Biden's legislation would invest billions of dollars to replace all lead water pipes that threaten our children's health, create pathways to jobs for underserved communities through the new, inclusive Civilian Climate Corps, and help families weatherize their homes to make them safer, more comfortable and more efficient."

In Harrisburg, Davis has been a strong proponent of making smart, strategic investments using federal COVID relief dollars, calling for investments in transportation, community development, worker protections, schools and other areas as part of the House Democrat’s Plan for PA.