PRESS RELEASE: PRESS CALL TODAY AT 3:15PM ET: BIPARTISAN STATE & LOCAL OFFICIALS, UNION LEADER OPPOSE CLAWING BACK AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDS TO PAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
June 16, 2021

Contact: 
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director

[email protected] or 914-471-7716

*** PRESS CALL TODAY AT 3:15PM ET — RSVP HERE ***

PRESS CALL TODAY AT 3:15PM ET: BIPARTISAN STATE & LOCAL OFFICIALS, UNION LEADER OPPOSE CLAWING BACK AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDS TO PAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

Nevada State Treasurer Zach Conine, Mercer County, WV, Commissioner Greg Puckett, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten to Explain Why Raiding American Rescue Plan Funds is a Bad Idea, Would Harm Essential Workers and Local Economies

POLLING: 63% of Voters, Including 64% of Independents and 52% of Republicans, Prefer Funding Infrastructure Investments Through Corporate Taxes Over User-Fees And Raiding Pandemic Relief Funds

U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and National Association of Counties and a Coalition of State Treasurers Have All Opposed Plan to Fund Infrastructure by Raiding American Rescue Plan Funds for States, Localities, and Essential Workers

WASHINGTON, DC — Today at 3:15pm ET, Democratic State Treasurer Zach Conine, Republican County Commissioner of Mercer County, W.V., Greg Puckett, and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will join a press call hosted by Invest in America Action to push back against any proposal that would raid American Rescue Plan funding that was meant to keep essential workers on the job and shore up state economies after the pandemic. RSVP for the call here

President Biden’s American Jobs and Families Plans would create millions of good-paying jobs for working families, and pay for it by making those earning over $400,000 and big corporations pay their fair share, including by ending deductions companies now get for shipping US jobs overseas. But the latest counter-proposals would shift the cost of infrastructure onto working families and essential workers by clawing back crucial Covid relief funding in the American Rescue Plan, which transformed options for struggling state and local governments and currently keeps essential workers like firefighters, EMTs, and teachers on the job.

Who: 

  • Zach Conine (D), State Treasurer of Nevada
  • Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers
  • Greg Puckett (R), County Commissioner,  Mercer County, West Virginia
What: 
  • A bipartisan group of state and local officials and union leaders will join a press call to explain why Senate Republicans’ proposal to claw back American Rescue Plan funds is a bad idea for essential workers, working families, and state economies. 
When: 
  • Today at 3:15pm ET
Where: 
  • RSVP for the press call here.

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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