90+ ADVOCACY GROUPS: UNREASONABLE GOP DEMANDS LEAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO PASS INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH RECONCILIATION

Senate Republicans’ Bad Faith Negotiations Have Caused Bipartisan Talks to Collapse After Months of Unreasonable Demands That Include Killing Jobs With Deep Cuts, Raising Taxes On Middle-Class, and Protecting Corporations Shipping Jobs Overseas 

Groups Including SEIU, Center for American Progress, MoveOn, League of Conservation Voters, and Climate Power Argue GOP Bad Faith Leaves Biden and Congressional Leadership No Choice But To Pass Infrastructure Through Reconciliation

A Majority of Voters Support Passing the American Jobs & Families Plans Through Reconciliation As Soon As Possible 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Real Recovery Now!, Invest in America Action and the CareCantWait coalition released a letter signed by more than 90 advocacy groups urging Congress and the Biden administration to pass the American Jobs and Families Plans through reconciliation in light of the unreasonable Republican demands that caused the first round of bipartisan talks to collapse. The Republican plan eliminated job-creating investments in clean energy, caregiving, school construction, and US manufacturing while shifting the tax burden from corporations onto middle-class families through user fees and by raiding COVID relief funding used to keep essential workers on the job.

The letter is signed by a wide breadth of advocacy groups and nonprofits focused on an array of issue areas, including climate advocacy, LGBTQ issues, social security, caregiving, racial justice, and more. Signers include national groups representing millions of people and state groups from states across the country including West Virginia, Colorado, and Michigan. 

The groups write: “Unfortunately, while the president has made every effort to engage in good faith bipartisan negotiations on his agenda, Congressional Republicans have refused to come to the table with any serious proposal that meets the urgency of the moment. Instead, their so-called counter-offers would shortchange our economic recovery, protect corporations, hurt working families and leave millions of jobs on the table…Congressional Republicans’ unreasonable demands that raise taxes on working families, protect corporations that ship jobs overseas, and leave millions of good paying jobs on the table have left the White House and Democratic congressional leadership no choice but to move forward without them. A big, bold infrastructure bill that will create jobs and deliver for working families can’t wait any longer — and Congressional Democrats must use the reconciliation process to pass it.”

Read the letter and view its signers here

“Working families can’t wait any longer for real investment to create good union jobs, especially in fast-growing fields like caregiving,” said Service Employees International Union International President Mary Kay Henry. “Essential workers have borne the brunt of the pandemic both on the job, and at home where communities of color saw the most death and suffering. It’s unconscionable for Republicans to turn their backs and deny us this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build the biggest, most inclusive middle class in American history. True leaders need to seize the moment and take action now.”

“The time for talk has passed,” said Rahna Epting, Executive Director of MoveOn Civic Action. “Now is the time for action. Millions of families across this nation cannot afford to wait for one more minute while Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans continue to play political games. McConnell and Republicans have made their agenda crystal clear: stop the Biden agenda at all costs. Republicans are far more interested in lying about the last election than actually governing. They are not a serious governing party and we must stop treating them like they are. 81 million Americans voted for action, not obstruction.”

“Our elected leaders must prioritize the caregivers and care workers who made it possible for  our families to get through the pandemic,” said Ai-jen Poo, senior advisor to Care in Action

A majority of voters across the political spectrum see the Biden administration’s recovery plan, especially investments in home and community based services, as critical to our economic recovery. Nearly 3 million women, disproportionately women of color, across the country have been pushed out of the workforce, in large part due to caregiving responsibilities. The time for action is now.” 

“Senate Republicans have made a reasonable bipartisan deal impossible with demands that  protect corporate tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, raise taxes on the middle-class, and gut job creating investments that will leave millions unemployed,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor to Invest in America Action. “Despite President Biden’s exhaustive and laudable efforts, Republicans have shown they will never come to the table as serious negotiating partners. Their outrageous red lines and obstructive tactics make clear that there are only two options: inaction or reconciliation. Reconciliation is the only way to pass a bill that creates millions of jobs, addresses the urgency of the moment, and ensures America can compete with China.”

Read the letter and its signers here

“The pandemic has laid bare the consequences of decades’ worth of underinvestment in our communities, dealing a devastating blow to American workers, families, and small businesses — particularly in communities of color. As the country begins to recover, we need robust public investment to address the massive loss of jobs the country experienced, our underfunded and crumbling infrastructure, an ever-widening racial wealth gap, and the rising economic cost of inaction on climate change. The American Jobs and Families Plans are once-in-a-generation, job-creating investments that will ensure our nation benefits from good jobs and robust economic growth, will address our caregiving crisis by increasing access to affordable care and paid leave, and will help reverse the long-standing inequities that made middle class families and communities of color so vulnerable to the economic costs of the pandemic. 

Unfortunately, while the president has made every effort to engage in good faith bipartisan negotiations on his agenda, Congressional Republicans have refused to come to the table with any serious proposal that meets the urgency of the moment. Instead, their so-called counter-offers would shortchange our economic recovery, protect corporations, hurt working families and leave millions of jobs on the table. 

Their proposals would shift the costs from corporations onto middle-class families by raising fees and raiding critical pandemic relief funds that are needed to keep essential workers like firefighters, teachers, and EMTs on the job. In doing so, they are choosing to protect big corporations that pay no taxes and ship jobs overseas instead of creating millions of good paying jobs for working and middle class Americans and making improvements to our decaying infrastructure to ensure we can compete in a 21st economy. 

What’s more, the Republican proposals have outright refused to support funding for critical priorities laid out by President Biden that would begin to ensure an equitable, sustainable recovery. They strip investments in clean energy jobs, which would forfeit more than 1 million jobs and inhibit our fight against climate change. They cut funding 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 continue to leave caregivers vulnerable to economic instability and greater financial strain, especially Black and immigrant women who disproportionately perform paid and unpaid care. They eliminate funding to upgrade and build new public schools and child-care facilities, wipe out investments for housing, and shortchange broadband, clean drinking water, and public transit. 

President Biden’s long efforts to find a bipartisan solution on infrastructure are admirable, but by continuing to double down on their unreasonable demands, Republicans have proven they have no interest in a serious negotiation. They’ve shown that their only interest is delay and sabotage as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell articulated when he said that 100% of their focus was on stopping the Biden agenda. From the future of our economy to our ability to address climate change and the fate of millions of women and people of color who have borne the brunt of the economic crisis, there is simply too much at stake to allow these bad faith actors to have the final word.

Congressional Republicans’ unreasonable demands that raise taxes on working families, protect corporations that ship jobs overseas, and leave millions of good paying jobs on the table have left the White House and Democratic congressional leadership no choice but to move forward without them. A big, bold infrastructure bill that will create jobs and deliver for working families can’t wait any longer — and Congressional Democrats must use the reconciliation process to pass it.”

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources. 

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network. 

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

 

About Real Recovery Now!

National members of the Real Recovery Now! coalition are: CAP Action, SEIU, MoveOn, National Domestic Workers Alliance/Care in Action, Community Change/Action, and Working Families Party  

About the Care Can’t Wait Coalition

The #CareCantWait coalition is working to ensure that the Biden Administration and Congress include significant investments in America’s care infrastructure in the upcoming federal jobs, infrastructure and recovery package. That includes passing legislation to expand access to child care, paid family and medical leave, and home and community-based services for people with disabilities and aging adults, and ensure good jobs are created in the care economy.

The #CareCantWait coalition is led by BeAHero Fund, Caring Across Generations; Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP); Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap; Community Change & Economic Security Project Community Change; Family Values @ Work; MomsRising; National Domestic Workers Alliance; National Partnership for Women & Families; National Women’s Law Center; Paid Leave for All; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); The Arc; TIMES UP; and Zero To Three. 

Learn more at carecantwait.org

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