LEAVE NO JOB BEHIND

Infrastructure is more than just roads and bridges. It’s affordable care for loved ones so that families can go back to work. It’s protecting communities from climate disaster and investing in a green future. It’s making sure every American has access to clean drinking water, public transportation, and a reliable internet connection. It’s ensuring we can be competitive with China and have the strong society we need to win the 21st century.

The Build Back Better agenda will create millions of  jobs — more jobs and better jobs — by investing in infrastructure, clean energy, the care economy, and more. It won’t cost working and middle-class families a penny — it’s paid for by making big corporations and those earning over $400k pay their fair share, like by ending deductions companies get for shipping U.S. jobs overseas.

The investments in the Build Back Better agenda will create jobs. Period.

 

At stake: 10 million+ infrastructure jobs 

Americans are suffering the costs of crumbling infrastructure — from dangerously deficient bridges and power grids to lack of access to clean water and public transit. Failing to make bold investments could cost trillions of dollars and millions of jobs, not to mention put lives at risk.

By the numbers: 

At stake: 5 million+ caregiving jobs 

Instability and underinvestment in child care, long-term care, elder care, and disability care hurts our economy and has disproportionately affected women — primarily Black and Brown women. Investing in care infrastructure boosts the economy and creates new jobs. 

By the numbers: 

  • Every year, American families stand to lose $64.5 billion in wages to care for loved ones because they lack access to home care or paid leave. Before the pandemic, parents spent more than $30 billion in income on child care, a loss of $4.2 billion in annual tax revenue. 
  • Lack of a care infrastructure leaves caregivers vulnerable to economic instability and financial strain, especially Black and immigrant women who disproportionately perform care work. 
  • By 2030, nearly one-fifth of the population will have reached the retirement age. If more workers don’t go into care, we’ll have a shortage of 350,000 paid care providers by 2040.
  • Family and medical leave programs will strengthen and solidify our economic growth. Mothers are 20-50% less likely to leave the labor force if they have access to paid leave.
  • Investments in care lead to equitable job growth, creating jobs for low-income households and improving the earnings of poor workers. An investment of 2% of GDP in the care industry has the potential to reduce the gender gap in employment by half
  • Social care investments can generate twice as many jobs as infrastructure spending and 50% more jobs than green energy. 
  • Failure to invest big in our nation’s care infrastructure would cost us millions of jobs. A study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Political Economy Research Institute found that $225 billion in care investment would create over 5 million jobs in over 10 years.

At stake: 1 million+ clean energy jobs per year

Power grid failures. Pipeline explosions. Melting infrastructure. We need big, bold investments in clean energy if we’re going to tackle the climate crisis head-on and meet the urgency of this moment — and create more than a million green jobs each year in the process. 

By the numbers: 

  • Clean energy is America’s fastest growing industry — pre-pandemic, clean energy employed three times as many workers as the fossil fuel industry. 
  • The clean energy investments in the American Jobs Plan would set the country on a path of achieving net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050
  • Tax credits in the American Jobs Plan would cut air pollution by up to 84% in just five years, and cut carbon dioxide to 76% below 2005 levels in ten years. According to the Center for American Progress, President Biden’s plans would reduce annual carbon dioxide by an estimated 626 million metric tons while also reducing average electricity bills. 
  • CNBC reported that upgrading to more resilient electric grids would prevent widespread blackouts like the recent blackouts in Texas. 
  • The tax credits in Biden’s plan would drive a 50% increase in renewable energy. The power sector investments could double the share of clean electricity generation after 10 years. 
  • The American Jobs Plan creates millions of jobs in renewable energy, adds jobs to guarantee safe drinking water for every American, and creates 10,000 – 20,000 jobs with the formation of a Civilian Climate Corps. 
  • Failure to invest in clean energy infrastructure would cost us: “Between 1 million and 1.2 million jobs per year would be generated in the energy efficiency and renewable energy space by Biden’s bill, according to Robert Pollin, economics professor and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.”

It creates jobs in every state…

332,630+ jobs in Arizona

81,900+ jobs in West Virginia

390,000+ jobs in Virginia

62,000+ jobs in New Hampshire

See the full list here.

And, it’s popular!

Public investment is good policy AND good politics. The investments in Biden’s Build Back Better agenda are overwhelmingly popular with voters across the aisle. Voters want to invest big now to create jobs and grow the economy, and are more likely to support lawmakers who agree. 

We can’t wait any longer to invest in our communities and our economy. 62% of voters support passing the investments in the Build Back Better agenda — no matter the legislative process.

We can’t afford to leave any jobs on the table — and the voters agree. Overwhelming majorities of voters support job-creating investments in:

➡️ Long-term care (by a 60-point margin)

➡️ Education (by a 53-point margin)

➡️ Clean energy (by a 41-point margin)

It’s time to invest in ALL of our infrastructure and get Americans back to work.

Voters want bold public investments in critical infrastructure like care — and are more likely to support lawmakers who will work to get it done instead of obstructing for political gain.

Voters — like economists — aren’t worried about overspending and inflation. They want to invest more NOW to create new jobs and kickstart economic growth after the pandemic.

Call Congress now and tell them:

Pass the Build Back Better agenda.

Leave no job behind. 

202-224-3121