Event in Vienna is One of Over 70 Around Country Urging Support for Reconciliation Bill With Pathway to Citizenship, Climate Protections and Care Provisions, Groups Say Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Alone Is Not Enough

VIENNA, VA — On Thursday, August 19th, members of immigrant advocacy group CASA, activists and concerned residents of Virginia in a rally outside of Senator Warner’s office to demonstrate the widespread popular support of the $3.5T reconciliation package that just passed the Senate. Event organizers will urge members of Congress to pass the full economic recovery plan that invests in a pathway to citizenship, climate justice, new jobs, and the care economy.

The rally will thank Senator Warner for his vote in the initial passage of the jobs and infrastructure package and call on Senator Warner and his colleagues to act swiftly to achieve final passage of the full jobs and infrastructure package, as the Senator has said “we’ve got to get a plan that all 50 Democrats can agree upon. Any single Democrat could upset this plan so we’ve got to show some unity.” Rally participants urge Congress to deliver on the full $3.5 trillion of investments already authorized by the Senate—before moving to passage of the bipartisan infrastructure deal, which is far too small on its own.

Information for the #SealTheDeal event, which calls on Congress to ensure the communities most affected to receive the at least half of the investment, not a penny less, is below:

WHERE: 8000 Towers Crescent Dr STE 200, Vienna, VA 22182, on the sidewalk outside of the building
WHEN: Thursday, August 19th, 12:00 PM EST
WHO: Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA

  • CASA Member and Essential Worker Yvys Kaduli
  • CASA Member Ana Hernandez
  • CASA Member and Essential Worker Rosa Arevalo
  • CASA Member Nerbir Mancia

Thursday’s event is part of a national day of action organized by the Green New Deal Network coalition in support of passage of the full jobs and infrastructure package including climate, care, and justice priorities such as electric school buses and lead pipe replacement. Other events are happening in dozens of towns and cities across the country.

The August congressional recess is a critical opportunity for communities to share their views and concerns with their leaders. Thursday’s “Seal the Deal” events will meet members of Congress on their home turf and ensure they hear from constituents how important it is that they urgently pass the full jobs and infrastructure deal, including the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package

The bipartisan infrastructure bill, passed in the Senate earlier this month, was not only too small to effectively combat the climate crisis but also fails to adequately protect the health of our communities. Because of this, the $3.5 trillion reconciliation budget passed in the Senate, is the Democrats’ last opportunity to invest in real climate infrastructure, including the greening of public transportation, school bus electrification, electric vehicle infrastructure, and the removal of lead pipes, as well as large investments into the care economy.

You can see a list of all national events, with more information about the #SealTheDeal campaign HERE: https://www.greennewdealnetwork.org/map

With over 115,000 members across the states of Maryland, Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania, CASA is the largest member-based Latino and immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region. Visit us at www.wearecasa.org and follow us on Twitter at @CASAforall.