Representative Colin Allred details how climate, taxes and health care bill will reduce daily costs

As the United States has faced high inflation for decades, people across the country are looking to lawmakers for respite.

Democratic Rep. Colin Allred of Texas joined ABC News on GMA3 to discuss the Cut Inflation Act, a sweeping climate, tax and health care package the Senate passed over the weekend. end. The bill is now ready for a vote in the House this week.

GMA3: So many American families are currently in financial crisis. Tell us what makes this bill historic and what it will really do for families who need help?

ALLRED: Well, it will help you reduce the cost of your health care. For the first time in so long that we have been asking for this, Medicare will have the ability to negotiate to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. And those will be the drugs where we don’t have the market mechanisms to contain the costs… So those are the ones that really hit families the hardest.

The Senate vote on the Cut Inflation Act is seen in an image taken from video from the Capitol, August 7, 2022.

It will also ensure that, if you use the individual market, your rates stay low. It’s something we started in the US bailout. He extended these benefits.

But also for your homes, it’s going to encourage you — to give you tax credits for more efficient use of energy in your home, but also for more efficient energy networks. So that should lower your overall costs in terms of what you’ll pay to keep the lights on and the air conditioning on, which is something we really need here in Texas right now.

GMA3: It’s called the Inflation Reduction Act. You didn’t mention inflation in that answer… So are you comfortable selling this to your constituents as something that will bring inflation down?

ALLRED: Well, it cuts costs. And that’s also a way to fight inflation, because when you have to spend more in some areas, if you can cut costs in other areas, it’s basically the same thing in terms of balancing the budget and trying to help working families get by.

I was raised by a single mom who was a public school teacher here in Dallas. I know what it’s like to go to the store and ask yourself, are you going to be able to get all the things you need for the week? And so that’s what we’re trying to do is find areas that we can control, where we can reduce your costs.

Much of what we are facing in terms of inflation is a global problem that is happening around the world caused by the pandemic and also the war that Russia [caused by] invade Ukraine.

So there are things that we cannot control. Areas where we can, that’s what we need to target. And that’s all we’re trying to do here.

GMA3: How confident are you that this bill will get to the president soon and in its current form? What still needs to be done?

ALLRED: Well, now that it’s gone through the Senate, we have to get it through the House. And there will always be back and forth with my colleagues. This is how the House works. But I think we’ll pass it this week and send it to the president’s office.

PHOTO: Representative Colin Allred speaks during a press conference in Washington, June 24, 2020.

UNITED STATES – JUNE 24: Representative Colin Allred speaks during a press conference in Washington, June 24, 2020.

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This is a huge victory for President Biden but, more importantly, for the American people. This is the biggest investment we have ever made in the fight against climate change.

[The bill is] is going to allow us to do so many things that we need to do to try to really avoid what we know is coming climate catastrophe for us down the road.

GMA3: Congressman, while we have you here… Brittney Griner, who is still being held in prison in Russia… Are you comfortable right now, relatively speaking, with where this process is?

ALLRED: Yeah, look, I’ve known Brittney since she was in high school when I was playing football at Baylor University. And she was an outstanding basketball player in Houston. And we were going to try and get her to come to Baylor to be part of our amazing women’s basketball team, which she eventually did. And she is one of the best basketball players in the world. She’s a Texan, and she’s someone we’re working extremely hard to bring home.

Everyone should just know that the trial, so to speak, you just saw was a sham. In Russia, if you reach this point, you have about a 98% chance of being convicted. So it’s not really a trial.

And also that she was detained, and is still being detained, primarily to pressure the United States. And so we’re doing everything we can to get her and Paul Whelan home.

But I think it’s positive that we got through the trial and sentencing phase, because we knew all along that the Russians weren’t going to seriously discuss an exchange with us until that happened. .

So as sad as it was to see her get a nine-year sentence and all of those things and to see the stress that she’s been through, it also means we’re closer to bringing her home.

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