PRESS RELEASE: REP. NIKEMA WILLIAMS, ESSENTIAL WORKERS: FUND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS BY HOLDING WEALTHY, CORPORATIONS ACCOUNTABLE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2021

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REP. NIKEMA WILLIAMS, ESSENTIAL WORKERS: FUND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS BY HOLDING WEALTHY, CORPORATIONS ACCOUNTABLE

Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05): “Passing the American Jobs and Families Plans is what we need right now, and we are not going to pay for it on the backs of hard working families who are already doing their fair share.”

David Tony Adams, UFCW member and Pilgrim’s Pride Mechanical Technician: At the meatpacking plant where I work, many people make less than $15 an hour, yet they still pay their fair share in taxes…For the rich not to pay as many taxes as the average worker is upsetting.”

Tiosha Adams, UFCW member and Kroger’s Administrative Assistant: “As an essential worker, it’s infuriating that we have 25 of the richest Americans not paying their fair share of taxes…In order to build Georgia back better and invest in our communities, we need the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes.”

WASHINGTON, DC — 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. But some Republicans in Congress have advocated paying for infrastructure by imposing user fees like a gas tax on the middle class and raiding state and local American Rescue Plan funding originally meant for essential workers.

As negotiations continue around how to fund the essential investments in the American Jobs Plan, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05), and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union members David Tony Adams and Tiosha Adams, made the following statements on a press call organized by Invest in America Action:

“Passing the American Jobs and Families Plans is what we need right now, and we are not going to pay for it on the backs of hard working families who are already doing their fair share,” said Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05). “What we need to make sure we’re doing right now is ensuring that companies are paying their fair share as well. No matter what someone else tells you, no one making less than $400,000 will have to pay any increase in taxes to make sure that we have a robust infrastructure plan that is truly bold and visionary. The middle class needs to be at the center of an inclusive economic recovery. Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas, and we can’t afford to leave anyone behind.”

“At the meatpacking plant where I work, many people make less than $15 an hour, yet they still pay their fair share in taxes,” said David Tony Adams, UFCW member and Pilgrim’s Pride Mechanical Technician. “These are hard working Georgians struggling to pay for child care, for school costs, and their commute back and forth to work. It was already tough enough to make ends meet, and the pandemic made it harder. For the rich not to pay as many taxes as the average worker is upsetting. While the wealthy have generational wealth, as a plant worker, I have to save $3,000 a month to have enough money for retirement. Any tax break for the average American like myself makes a world of a difference for me and for my family. We need to invest in infrastructure in our communities now.”

“As an essential worker, it’s infuriating that we have 25 of the richest Americans not paying their fair share of taxes,” said Tiosha Adams, UFCW member and Krogers Administrative Assistant. “Using American Rescue Plan funds to pay for infrastructure is the same thing as robbing Peter to pay Paul. That money is supposed to keep our schools open and make sure working people recover from the pandemic. My family can’t afford to not have schools open next year. We need to protect the American Rescue Plan money for its original purpose of getting our kids back in classrooms and supporting our essential workers. Congress needs to step up and invest in our roads and infrastructure. In order to build Georgia back better and invest in our communities, we need the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes.”

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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