PRESS RELEASE: SEN. TOOMEY DRAWS MORE UNREASONABLE RED LINES AROUND INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, PROVING BAD FAITH

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May 21, 2021

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SEN. TOOMEY DRAWS MORE UNREASONABLE RED LINES AROUND INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, PROVING BAD FAITH

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA): “Housing is not infrastructure”

61% of Voters, Including 55% of Independents, Support Investing in Housing Through The American Jobs Plan

Average Rent Costs Increased Nearly 40% in the Past Decade, While Median Household Income has Increased Just 27%

The American Jobs Plan Invests $213 Billion To Repair Public Housing, Increase Affordability, And Eliminate Exclusionary Zoning

[Invest in America]

WASHINGTON, DC — As the Biden administration works overtime to strike a bipartisan compromise on the American Jobs Plan, Senate Republicans like Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) are drawing more unreasonable red lines around infrastructure with the intent of killing any possibility of a good faith negotiation.

“After a pandemic that spurred one of the worst housing crises in U.S. history, it is astounding to hear Sen. Toomey try to claim that housing is not a component infrastructure, let alone an incredibly important one,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “In addition to his position being wildly unpopular with voters, Sen. Toomey’s latest comments just serve as more proof that Senate Republicans are intentionally making it as difficult as possible to find a commonsense deal that meets the urgency of the moment. While President Biden and Democrats in Congress are exhausting every effort to achieve a bipartisan compromise, Republicans are essentially refusing to come to the table with a workable solution, leaving the White House no choice but to consider reconciliation.”

For more than a decade, the cost of housing has been increasing at a higher rate than the average household’s income. Average rent costs increased 36% from 2010 to 2019. Median household income increased just 27% during that same time. The housing crisis was exacerbated by the pandemic — in November of 2020, more than 12 million renters reported that they weren’t caught up on rent, and 30-40 million more could be at risk of eviction. Funding in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would alleviate these burdens by building hundreds of thousands of affordable homes for low-and-middle-income buyers while addressing the growing cost of rent.

To date, the only infrastructure proposal the GOP has offered strips the funding in President Biden’s plan for job-creating investments in schools, caregiving, manufacturing, and clean energy, potentially preventing the creation of at least 1 million jobs and hurting 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. 

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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.

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