PRESS RELEASE: AHEAD OF BIDEN VISIT: GOP SEN. CASSIDY SAYS HE WON’T NEGOTIATE ON INFRASTRUCTURE DESPITE BIG LOUISIANA PROBLEMS

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May 6, 2021

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AHEAD OF BIDEN VISIT: GOP SEN. CASSIDY SAYS HE WON’T NEGOTIATE ON INFRASTRUCTURE DESPITE BIG LOUISIANA PROBLEMS

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to President Biden and Congressional Democrats: “Come where Republicans already are”

The GOP Counter-Proposal Cuts Funding For Schools, The Elderly, American Manufacturing, and Public Transit

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Gave Louisiana A D+ Infrastructure Grade

53% Of Voters Believe Republicans Should Work With, Rather Than Obstruct, President Biden

73% of Voters, Including 67% of Independents and 57% of Republicans, Support the Proposed $2.25 Trillion American Jobs Plan

61% of Voters, Including 64% of Independents, Support the American Families Plan By A +29 Point Margin

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Joe Biden is traveling to Louisiana to advocate for the American Jobs and Families Plans, a once-in-a-generation investment in the country’s physical and care infrastructure that is sorely needed in Louisiana to create good-paying jobs, address crumbling infrastructure, and help families access affordable care.

But in response to President Biden’s invitation to Senate Republicans to come to the table and negotiate on the American Jobs and Families Plans, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has outright refused to engage in a good faith negotiation — telling Democrats and the administration, to “come where Republicans already are,” meaning to just pass their proposal that cuts $137 billion from schools, $580 billion from U.S. manufacturing, and $400 billion from elder care  while shifting the tax burden from corporations to the middle-class via “user fees” like tolls.

This obstruction is in line with Minority Leader McConnell saying yesterday: “100% of my focus is on stopping this new administration”  not delivering millions of jobs to the American people through infrastructure investments.

“Demanding that Biden ‘come where Republicans already are’ is not negotiating in good faith. It’s an ultimatum to zero out funding that will create millions of jobs; leave kids, grandma, U.S. manufacturing, and public transit in a lurch; and shift the tax burden from corporations to middle-class Americans. That’s not a serious position to hold,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “While Senator Cassidy wastes time stonewalling crucial infrastructure investments, Louisianans face crumbling infrastructure, unaffordable child care, underfunded public schools, and a lack of access to paid family and medical leave.

“Senate Republicans like Senator Cassidy like to talk about the definition of the word ‘infrastructure’ but they should really be looking up the meaning of the word ‘obstruction’ instead. They’d see a picture of themselves.

“Given the mounting evidence that Republicans aren’t interested in working with the Biden administration, it’s time to move on and pass the American Jobs and Families Plans through reconciliation.” 

Here’s what Senator Cassidy’s refusal to compromise means for Louisianans:

[Invest in America Action]

According to the Economic Policy Institute

  • The Department of Health and Human Services states that affordable child care costs at maximum 7% of a family’s income. In Louisiana, infant care for one child costs up to 14.6% of a median family’s income, meaning only 20% of Louisiana families can afford infant care. 
  • Child care for a four-year-old costs $6,906, or $576 a month.
  • Infant care costs just $1,441 less than in-state tuition for four-year public college and 23.8% less than the average rent. 
  • Child care for an infant and a four-year-old costs $14,630, which is 30.7% more than average rent in Louisiana. 
  • A typical family in Louisiana would have to spend 27.6% of its income on child care for an infant and a 4-year-old.
  • [Louisiana has a] $553 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures.
According to the Louisiana Budget Project
  • The vast majority of workers in Louisiana cannot take time off from work to provide that care while still getting paid. 
  • Only 35 percent of new moms in Louisiana were able to take any length of paid leave (including paid sick, vacation, or family leave) following childbirth, compared to the national average of 55 percent.

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.

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