PRESS RELEASE: BIPARTISAN STATE & LOCAL OFFICIALS, RANDI WEINGARTEN TO CONGRESS: DO NOT TOUCH AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN STATE AND LOCAL AID

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June 16, 2021

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BIPARTISAN STATE & LOCAL OFFICIALS, RANDI WEINGARTEN TO CONGRESS: DO NOT TOUCH AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN STATE AND LOCAL AID

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten: “Why would we take from funds that people are already relying on across the country so that billionaires can continue to pay fewer taxes than teachers?”

Democratic State Treasurer of Nevada Zach Conine: “Governments can’t use the same dollar on infrastructure that they’re using for Covid relief.”

Republican Commissioner of Mercer County, West Virginia Greg Puckett: “This isn’t a matter of Covid-19 recovery or infrastructure. This is a matter of Covid-19 recovery and infrastructure.”

Little Blossoms Child Care Owner Miren Algorri: “The American Rescue Plan’s aid to states means that essential services that are the backbone of our communities will continue and won’t face harmful cuts.”

WASHINGTON, DC — As Congress continues to negotiate how to fund the job-creating investments in the American Jobs Plan, bipartisan state and local officials, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, and child care provider Miren Algorri made the following statements in response to the proposal on a press call organized by Invest in America Action:

“The state and local government relief we fought for all of last year is as essential today as it was when we fought for it,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “This money is essential in our work to rebuild the economy. Why would we take from funds that people are already relying on across the country so that billionaires can continue to pay fewer taxes than teachers? There’s a way to build infrastructure without robbing the middle class and working people. We need a real investment in getting our country back on track.”

“If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, it’s that infrastructure is both crucial and life-saving,” said Greg Puckett, Republican Commissioner of Mercer County, West Virginia. “State and local officials have been on the frontlines of the pandemic, preparing for the American Rescue Plan’s funds for the last few months. This isn’t a matter of Covid-19 recovery or infrastructure. This is a matter of Covid-19 recovery and infrastructure. It’s time to focus on laying a foundation for the next 50 years, and that starts by recovering from the pandemic with the relief funds in the American Rescue Plan.”

“This proposal is unacceptable, irresponsible, and the sort of financial chicanery and intellectual dishonesty that Nevadans don’t need right now,” said Zach Conine, Democratic State Treasurer of Nevada. “Repurposing Covid relief cuts our communities off at the knees right as they’re just beginning to get on their feet. Governments can’t use the same dollar on infrastructure that they’re using for Covid relief. Representatives and Senators need to honor their commitments to the people who they were elected to serve, and that means prioritizing our economic recovery by rejecting calls to raid Covid relief to fund infrastructure.”

“The American Rescue Plan’s aid to states means that essential services that are the backbone of our communities will continue and won’t face harmful cuts,” said Miren Algorri, owner of Little Blossoms Child Care. “Congress must not take away the investment they promised to our communities, while continuing to let big corporations and the wealthy get away with not paying their fair share. We can both recover from the pandemic and build back better, but not if some in Congress refuse to get serious about making the kinds of bold and significant investments we need to create more equitable, sustainable and healthy communities.”

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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