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
- 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.
- The GOP plan cuts $400 billion for home and community based care for elderly and disabled people, which could result in $64.5 billion a year in lost wages and economic activity, and forfeit the millions of jobs that investing in care would create.
- Stripping funding for caregiving would continue to leave caregivers vulnerable to economic instability and greater financial strain, especially black and immigrant women who disproportionately perform paid and unpaid care.
- The GOP plan strips $580 billion in research and development, manufacturing, and jobs training — putting the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage with China, forfeiting more than 1 million registered apprenticeships, and keeping U.S. manufacturing on the backfoot.
- By cutting funding for manufacturing, the GOP would forfeit good-paying jobs and workforce training in the country’s industrial heartland and forfeit critical funding to prevent job losses caused by potential future pandemics.
- 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.