Cincinnati, OH — On the heels of U.S. Senate passage of President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda, including the bipartisan infrastructure deal, Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio leaders discussed the importance of the Build Back Better Agenda. Speakers also urged Congressman Steve Chabot to support these legislative packages rather than turn his back on a plan that would create jobs, lower costs, and lower taxes for everyday Americans.
“I’m delighted to see progress on infrastructure because Hamilton County has two bridge projects that we’ve been waiting for the federal government to partner with us on — the Brent Spence Bridge and the Western Hills Viaduct,” said County Commissioner Denise Driehaus. “What we know about our community is that infrastructure is one of the most important issues; it’s what people expect the government to provide. The bipartisan infrastructure bill should be one of our highest priorities.”
“I urge all of our legislators to set aside their D’s and their R’s,” said Ohio Senator Cecil Thomas. “Congressman Chabot, it’s critical you find it in your heart to recognize that people are still hurting as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Good paying jobs are waiting on the other side of this bill, and folks are waiting to be put to work.”
“Quality education is paramount to improving a whole array of issues like poverty, crime, and social justice, but it is also central to growing the economy and keeping America on the cutting edge of innovation,” said Sam Mizener, Kings Education Association President and public school teacher. “I’m so glad that President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda makes public education such a priority. He understands how important public education is to all of those issues.”
Mizener continued, “Over 60 percent of our revenue comes from local taxes from our community, and that means we operate on a tight budget. Our district thankfully tries their best to put those funds into the classroom for things that directly impact kids, which is how it should be. But it also means that things like the HVAC in our buildings and updating our buildings sometimes get pushed to the backburner. To me, the bottom line is that our public schools are a key part of our infrastructure. Ohio’s first congressional district needs Representative Chabot to wholeheartedly support the Build Back Better agenda.”