Time is running out on the GOP’s obstruction


 

New York Times, May 24, 2021

Time is running out on the GOP’s obstruction. If Republicans refuse to negotiate in good-faith, we can’t just wait around.

President Biden has made it clear he’s eager to find bipartisan agreement on an infrastructure package that meets the urgency of the moment. Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, has said that 100% of Republicans’ focus is on stopping the Biden Administration. And he’s lived up to his word — the GOP’s negotiations have been unserious, unreasonable, and executed in bad-faith.

They want to eliminate investments in clean energy, care, schools, and manufacturing — leaving at least 1 million good paying jobs on the table. And they’re determined to shift the costs from corporations to the middle class to protect their wealthy donors’ 2017 tax cuts.

Bottom line: The GOP’s infrastructure proposals hurt working families in order to protect corporations and cost us millions of good paying jobs. Unless Republicans immediately come to the table with a serious proposal that meets the urgency of the moment, we can’t just wait around.

Voters agree — it’s time to pass job creating investments

Overwhelming majorities of voters support the investments in the American Jobs and American Families Plans — and they don’t want to wait to get them passed:

Voters oppose Mitch McConnell’s obstructionism — and believe that the goal of Republicans should be to work with President Biden to pass his agenda:

Here are just some of the things the GOP’s infrastructure counter-proposals threaten to cut — and how voters feel about them:

What the GOP wants to cut – and why it’s a non-starter

Schools

  • The GOP plan cuts $137 billion in funding to upgrade and build new public schools, community college infrastructure, and child-care facilities.
  • Meanwhile, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated school infrastructure in the U.S. with a “D+” rating — and 28 million American students attend schools nationwide that need one or more building extensively repaired, overhauled, or replaced.
  • Research has shown “there is strong evidence that high-quality infrastructure facilitates better instruction, improves student outcomes, and reduces dropout rates.” Our school buildings’ structural faults “are significantly related to worse student achievement.” As such, proposals to eliminate school infrastructure investment are proposals to stunt our children’s educational growth and development.

Caregiving

Manufacturing: 

Clean Energy: 

  • The American Jobs Plan would create between 1 million and 1.2 million jobs per year through investments in clean energy, according to Robert Polling, economics professor and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
  • Experts have applauded the American Jobs Plan’s clean energy investments as “a significant step in meeting our collective clean energy goals.” Eliminating these investments would only worsen climate change and prevent us from achieving the clean environmental future we need.
  • By stripping investments in clean energy, the GOP plan would forfeit more than 1 million jobs and inhibit our fight against climate change.