Among other measures, the legislation includes significant investments in AmeriCorps and federal resource management accounts that fund project partnerships with Corps organizations.
WASHINGTON, DC (November 19, 2021) – Today, the U.S. of House Representatives voted to pass the Build Back Better Act. This historic social funding bill will, among other measures, invests in a Civilian Climate Corps by increasing funding for AmeriCorps and several federal resource management accounts that fund project partnerships with Corps programs. The bill helps advance a plan outlined in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better framework to invest in a “Civilian Climate Corps – with over 300,000 members that look like America.”
The Corps Network applauds movement on the Build Back Better Act and extends gratitude to the many champions in Congress who have helped advance a vision for a Civilian Climate Corps that is built on the existing infrastructure of national service and Conservation Corps programs nationwide. The Corps Network joined several national service partners in issuing this press release, including the following statement from Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO of The Corps Network:
“The Service and Conservation Corps community applauds movement on the Build Back Better Act. We are deeply grateful to the many leaders in the House who have championed the Civilian Climate Corps, national service, and robust climate action. Every year, Corps programs engage thousands of diverse young Americans in national service projects that strengthen the resilience of our communities. Through a Civilian Climate Corps initiative, our country has an opportunity to make a significant impact on our climate future by completing critical projects and training the sustainability-focused workforce we need. A CCC is a win-win-win for our communities, the environment, and America’s young people, who are eager to serve our country and address the climate crisis. We encourage the Senate to pass this historic legislation. The Corps Network looks forward to working with Congress and the White House to implement a CCC that centers equity and environmental justice.”