PRESS RELEASE: GOP’S FAILURE TO PRODUCE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE COUNTER-PROPOSAL PROOF THEY AREN’T SERIOUS, JUSTIFIES WHITE HOUSE MOVING TO RECONCILIATION

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May 18, 2021

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GOP’S FAILURE TO PRODUCE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE COUNTER-PROPOSAL PROOF THEY AREN’T SERIOUS, JUSTIFIES WHITE HOUSE MOVING TO RECONCILIATION

Reuters: Senate Republicans do not offer Biden officials new infrastructure plan

“The White House had set a Tuesday deadline for Republicans to offer a new infrastructure plan.”

“U.S. Republican lawmakers met on Tuesday with top officials from President Joe Biden’s administration…they did not unveil a new plan of their own.”

Capito Just Offered the Same Unpopular Proposal From Two Weeks Ago 

51% of Voters Prefer The American Jobs And Families Plans To Republicans’ $568 Billion Counter-Proposal By A +19 Point Margin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Senate Republicans failed to meet a deadline set by President Biden to expand on their counter-proposal on infrastructure. Instead of working to find a bipartisan deal for the American people, Republicans “reacted to categories of infrastructure” and presented the same inadequate proposal they introduced two weeks ago that guts funding for schools, elder care, American manufacturing, clean energy, and public transit and includes poison pills that shift the tax burden off corporations and onto the middle-class through unpopular user-fees.

New polling from Invest In America shows that a majority of Republicans (52%) and Independents (64%) prefer funding infrastructure investments through corporate taxes over user-Fees and raiding pandemic relief funds.

Senior advisor for Invest in America Action Zac Petkanas made the following statement: 

“In the spirit of bipartisanship, President Biden asked Senate Republicans to present a new, good faith counter-proposal at a Tuesday meeting with some of his top officials.

“An earnest negotiating partner would have jumped at the opportunity to rework her plan to move negotiations forward. But Senator Capito showed up to the meeting with the exact same tired proposal from two weeks ago that guts crucial job-creating investments in US manufacturing, school construction, clean energy and care while shifting the tax burden from corporations to the middle class.

“The plan was laughable then and it’s laughable now. And it shows once again that Senate Republicans aren’t acting in good faith.

“Their failure to make any progress fixing the serious flaws in their original proposal is more evidence that Senate Republicans aren’t willing to make an infrastructure deal that meets the urgency of the moment.

“The White House should take this as a sign and seriously consider just moving to reconciliation now.”

To date, the only infrastructure proposal the GOP has offered strips the funding in President Biden’s plan for job-creating investments in schools, caregiving, manufacturing, and clean energy, potentially preventing the creation of at least 1 million jobs and hurting American competitiveness.

Schools
  • 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.
Caregiving
Manufacturing: 
Clean Energy: 
  • 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. 

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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