FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2021
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director
NEW: STATE INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT CARDS SHOW SENATE GOP LITERALLY FAILING THEIR CONSTITUENTS
[Invest in America Action]
Majority Of Voters Believe Republicans Should Work With, Rather Than Obstruct, President Biden To Pass An Infrastructure Plan
73% of Voters, Including 67% of Independents and 57% of Republicans, Support the Proposed $2.25 Trillion American Jobs Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Invest in America Action released state infrastructure report cards for Republican senators who are stonewalling robust infrastructure investments their states sorely need through the American Jobs Plan. The report cards assess the quality and safety of states’ roads and bridges, public transportation, drinking water, housing, broadband, care infrastructure, manufacturing, and more.
Negotiations have hardly begun around the American Jobs Plan, yet these Senate Republicans have already drawn a “non-negotiable red-line” and called for gutting funding for schools, American manufacturing, and care for the elderly. Meanwhile, their state report cards by Invest in America Action highlight the urgent need in their communities for the American Jobs Plan’s public investments.
“Senate Republicans are failing their states — literally,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor to Invest in America Action. “While they may be satisfied with crumbling bridges, childcare deserts, and sky-high energy prices for their constituents, President Biden is not. The Biden administration is inviting congressional Republicans to the negotiating table, but so far all they want to do is cut funding for kids, grandmothers, and jobs in order to protect corporations, many of whom admit themselves they should be paying higher taxes. It’s all just further proof they aren’t serious about finding common ground and that the Biden administration should stop wasting its time with these bad faith actors.”
View all report cards here.
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 almost any form of a tax cut.
- Increased public infrastructure investments increase output in both the short and long term, per the International Monetary Fund.