PRESS RELEASE: SEN. WICKER DEMANDS FUNDING CUTS FOR KIDS, JOBS, ELDERLY IN AMERICAN JOBS PLAN, EVEN BEFORE BIPARTISAN OVAL OFFICE MEETING 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2021

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SEN. WICKER DEMANDS FUNDING CUTS FOR KIDS, JOBS, ELDERLY IN AMERICAN JOBS PLAN, EVEN BEFORE BIPARTISAN OVAL OFFICE MEETING 

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS): “There will not be one Republican vote […] I don’t think it’s really realistic to go up much higher”

Sen. Wicker“$800 billion is the ‘absolute upper limit’ on what Republicans may accept”

Voters Prefer $2.2 Trillion American Jobs Plan to a Counter-Proposal Similar To What Was Offered By GOP By A +26 Point Margin

GOP Counter-Proposal is 92% Smaller Than the Proposed American Jobs Plan and Includes Poison Pills Like User Fees (aka Middle-Class Tax Increases)

Voters Reject GOP Poison Pills Like User Fees (By A 20 Point Margin) and Gas Tax (By A 24 Point Margin) 

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Ahead of a bipartisan meeting with President Biden to negotiate the job-creating American Jobs Plan, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) provided more proof that Republicans have no intention of negotiating in good faith.

Today, Senator Wicker drew more lines in the sand, refusing to support any plan that would increase taxes on his corporate donors or spend more than the Republican counterproposal, which cuts 92% of President Biden’s proposal by slashing funding for schools, care for the elderly, public transit, and manufacturing.

“Insisting upon burdening middle class Americans with user-fees like tolls and a gas tax to save his corporate donors and cutting funding for kids, grandma, jobs, and public transit is not the beginning of a good faith negotiation — it’s the end of one,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “Senator Wicker hasn’t even reached the Oval Office for discussions yet, and he’s already refusing to entertain the possibility of a bipartisan bill that wouldn’t leave workers and families behind. This is just proof that it’s time for President Biden and congressional Democrats to pass the American Jobs and Families Plans through reconciliation.”

The GOP proposal strips job-creating investments, which would prevent the creation of at least 1 million jobs and hurt 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. 

A multi-trillion dollar investment in infrastructure will create jobs and turbocharge the economy.

  • S&P Global estimates that $2 trillion investment in public infrastructure over 10 years would create 2.3 million jobs, grow personal income by $2,400, boost household spending by $3.5 trillion, and inject $5.7 trillion to the U.S economy — that’s 10 times what was lost during the Great Recession.
  • More than half of the millions of jobs created by infrastructure investments would go to blue collar workers without a college degree.
  • The time is right for a big investment — a $2 trillion infrastructure investment now could mean that each dollar spent will have a return of $2.70, according to S&P.
  • In 2017, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce estimated that a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure could create 11 million jobs.

“Infrastructure pays for itself if it’s done wisely. It’s the grease that keeps the economy moving along.” 

— Beth Ann Bovino, Chief U.S. Economist at S&P Global 

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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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