PRESS RELEASE: MCCONNELL’S “RED LINE” ON INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE MORE PROOF GOP ACTING IN BAD FAITH

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May 3, 2021

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MCCONNELL’S “RED LINE” ON INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE MORE PROOF GOP ACTING IN BAD FAITH

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Says He Will Only Support an Infrastructure Package That Shifts Burden From Corporations To Middle Class and Eliminates Investments in US Manufacturing, School Construction, and Elder Care

The Unserious, GOP Counter-Proposal is 92% Smaller Than the Proposed American Jobs Plan and Includes Poison Pills Like User Fees (aka Middle-Class Tax Increases)

Voters Prefer $2.2 Trillion American Jobs Plan to a Counter-Proposal Similar To What Was Offered By GOP By A +26 Point Margin

Voters Reject GOP Poison Pills Like User Fees (By A 20 Point Margin) and Gas Tax (By A 24 Point Margin) 

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would refuse to consider an infrastructure package unless it shifts the tax burden from corporations to the middle class, and strips key investments in schools, manufacturing, and care for the elderly.

Invest in America Action’s senior advisor Zac Petkanas made the following statement: 

“Another day, another sign that Republicans have no intention to negotiate an infrastructure package in good faith. While President Biden is making a commendable effort to engage in serious bipartisan discussions, Minority Leader McConnell is refusing to budge from his demand that the final package gut funding for blue-collar manufacturing jobs, grandparents, and our children’s schools while shifting the tax burden from corporations to the middle class. 

“That’s not a serious, good faith proposition. If McConnell doesn’t get serious about negotiations soon, Democrats will have no choice but  to move to reconciliation without them, and Republicans will only have themselves to blame.”

The only infrastructure proposal from the GOP so far strips 92% of the American Jobs Plan’s job-creating investments, which would prevent the creation of at least 1 million jobs and hurt 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. 
A multi-trillion dollar investment in infrastructure will create jobs and turbocharge the economy.
  • S&P Global estimates that $2 trillion investment in public infrastructure over 10 years would create 2.3 million jobs, grow personal income by $2,400, boost household spending by $3.5 trillion, and inject $5.7 trillion to the U.S economy — that’s 10 times what was lost during the Great Recession.
  • More than half of the millions of jobs created by infrastructure investments would go to blue collar workers without a college degree.
  • The time is right for a big investment — a $2 trillion infrastructure investment now could mean that each dollar spent will have a return of $2.70, according to S&P.
  • In 2017, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce estimated that a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure could create 11 million jobs.
“Infrastructure pays for itself if it’s done wisely. It’s the grease that keeps the economy moving along.” 
— Beth Ann Bovino, Chief U.S. Economist at S&P Global

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