PRESS RELEASE: SEN. HEINRICH, REP. BEYER, ECONOMIST: CLOCK IS TICKING, PASS 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE NOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2021

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SEN. HEINRICH, REP. BEYER, ECONOMIST: CLOCK IS TICKING, PASS 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE NOW

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM): “If we keep waiting for Republicans to come to the table, we could be left waiting for a train that never arrives. If we want to get these projects off the ground, we can’t afford to waste any more time.”

Representative Don Beyer (D-VA-08): If we can’t get an infrastructure deal through, it’ll be because Republicans are unwilling to come to the table”

Dr. William Spriggs: “We need to stop with the notion that the richest nation in the world can’t afford clean water or broadband access or child care”

WASHINGTON, DC — As infrastructure negotiations continue around the job-creating American Jobs Plan, with President Biden offering good-faith concessions and Republicans doubling down on their unreasonable demands to gut essential funding for care and clean energy and protect their corporate donors, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA-08), and Dr. William Spriggs, Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO made the following statements in response to the proposal on a press call organized by Invest in America Action:

“The American Jobs Plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to power our economic recovery and put Americans back to work,” said Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). “I am eager to vote for an infrastructure package that meets the moment we are in — far too many families in New Mexico have been left in the dark or left unconnected for years. It’s clear that Senator Mitch McConnell doesn’t want a bipartisan deal to be successful, and if we keep waiting for Republicans to come to the table, we could be left waiting for a train that never arrives. If we want to get these projects off the ground, we can’t afford to waste any more time. We owe results to our constituents now.”

“President Biden has offered Republicans enormous compromises, but they just can’t take yes for an answer,” said Representative Don Beyer (D-VA-08). “If we can’t get an infrastructure deal through, it’ll be because Republicans are unwilling to come to the table. Ultimately, they’re beholden to Senator McConnell for a deal, and he’s made it clear his top priority is to stop this administration. While President Biden’s red line is raising taxes on the middle class, Republicans’ red line is raising taxes for the wealthy. We cannot wait forever, and a failure to pass an infrastructure package is just not acceptable for our future.”

“We need to stop with the notion that the richest nation in the world can’t afford clean water or broadband access or child care,” said Dr. William Spriggs. “The fact that Republicans are showing hesitancy on having everyone pay their fair share to fund this essential infrastructure speaks volumes. It’s time for us to reinvest and put in a down payment on our infrastructure, just like our grandparents did in the 1950s. We have to build for the 21st century, and that doesn’t just mean transportation to work, but all the ways people get to work, including caregiving with our children and our elderly. If this can happen in a bipartisan way, then great. But if not, we still need to make these investments anyway to ensure our competitiveness and increase our economic productivity.”

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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