FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2021
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director
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MCCONNELL KNEE JERK VOW TO BLOCK AMERICAN JOBS PLAN DESPITE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT PROVES HE’S A BAD FAITH ACTOR
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “I’m going to fight them every step of the way”
Majority Of Voters Believe Republicans Should Work With, Rather Than Obstruct, President Biden To Pass An Infrastructure Plan
69% of Voters, Including 65% of Independents and 50% of Republicans, Support A Multi-Trillion Dollar Build Back Better Plan To Invest In American Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, DC — In response to President Biden’s announcement of the American Jobs Plan, a once-in-a-generation investment in American infrastructure that would create millions of jobs, accelerate economic recovery, and set the stage for long-term growth, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to fight Democrats “every step of the way.”
“The ink is not even dry on President Biden’s proposal to create millions of high-paying jobs through infrastructure investments but Minority Leader McConnell is already pledging to block the initiative using every tool in the Senate’s arsenal available to him,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “This is proof positive that McConnell was only ever paying lip service to the notion of unity and bipartisanship. If he was truly open to reaching across the aisle, he’d listen to the majority of voters who want him to work with Biden and the Democrats to pass a robust package that creates jobs by repairing our roads and bridges, modernizing our electric grid, and creating a clean energy future. His refusal to even contemplate this jobs package leaves President Biden and Democrats no option but to move ahead without him.”
Americans need major public investments to address the problems exacerbated by the pandemic.
- The U.S. labor market is still down over 8 million jobs from pre-pandemic levels.
- According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the United States faces a $2.59 trillion shortfall in infrastructure investment and $5.9 trillion in infrastructure needs, including rebuilding and repairing roads, bridges, schools, and protecting access to clean water.
- ASCE predicts that failure to address the nation’s crumbling infrastructure could cost the United States $10 trillion in GDP, more than $23 trillion in total output, 3 million jobs, and more than $3,300 in a family’s annual disposable income.
Infrastructure and economic experts agree that a multi-trillion dollar investment in infrastructure will boost the economy by creating millions of jobs and increasing productivity.
- S&P Global projects that the Build Back Better plan’s public infrastructure investments will generate 2.3 million jobs by 2024, inject $5.7 trillion into the economy, and increase per-capita income by $2,400.
- According to the Economic Policy Institute, infrastructure investments are consistently estimated to provide greater economic stimulus than any form of a tax cut.
- Increased public infrastructure investments increase output in both the short and long term, per the International Monetary Fund.
According to an Invest in America and Data For Progress poll, there is already widespread support for a multi-trillion dollar investment in repairing and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure.
- 69% of Voters, including 65% of Independents and 50% of Republicans, support a multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better plan to invest in American infrastructure.
- More than 60% of voters support every potential provision of a multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better Plan in areas including repairing roads, bridges, drinking water systems and public transportation, and investing in clean energy.
- 52% of voters believe infrastructure investments will drive economic growth, create good-paying jobs, and pay for itself in the long run.
- 53% of voters believe Republicans should work with, rather than obstruct, President Biden to pass the Build Back Better plan.