PRESS RELEASE: SEN. WYDEN, SEN. CASEY, TOP ECONOMIST: GOP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN WILL LEAVE BEHIND WORKING FAMILIES, STIFLE GROWTH

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April 22, 2021

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SEN. WYDEN, SEN. CASEY, TOP ECONOMIST: GOP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN WILL LEAVE BEHIND WORKING FAMILIES, STIFLE GROWTH

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR): “To Sum It Up: Senate Republicans’ Proposal Paves Over The Status Quo And It’s Not Good Enough”

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA): “Senate Republicans’ Proposal So Far Just Seems To Be A Scheme To Pretend They’re Responding To The Moment That We’re In”

Roosevelt Institute Director of Progressive Thought Mike Konczal: “The Republican Infrastructure Plan […] Is Grossly Inappropriate And Risks The Overall Stability Of A Swift Recovery”

Senate Republicans’ Proposal Would Shift the Tax Burden from Corporations to the Middle Class and Raid Covid Relief Funding Meant to Keep Essential Workers on the Job

GOP Plan Will Likely Create Millions Fewer Jobs By Gutting the American Jobs Plans’ Investments in Caregiving and School Construction

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, congressional Republicans proposed a $568 billion infrastructure proposal that slashes President Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan. While the Biden proposal would create millions of jobs for middle class families, the Republicans’ proposal guts investments in school construction, caregiving, U.S. manufacturing, and clean energy that will create millions of jobs, and shifts the tax burden from corporations to everyday Americans by replacing the corporate tax rate hike with user fees like tolls.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), and Roosevelt Institute Director of Progressive Thought Mike Konczal made the following statements in response to the proposal on a press call organized by Invest in America Action:

“To sum it up: Senate Republicans’ proposal paves over the status quo and it’s not good enough,” said Senator Ron Wyden, chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “The contrast between the Republicans’ proposal and the American Jobs Plan couldn’t be more stark, and it is far too small to fund the investments the American people need and strongly support. Mega-corporations also use our roads and bridges and our infrastructure, but Republicans want to stick it on the middle class while their corporate friends won’t participate in the conversation to contribute to the common good.”

“Senate Republicans’ proposal so far just seems to be a scheme to pretend they’re responding to the moment that we’re in, but any scheme that sells out our elders and people with disabilities and the workers who do the important work of care is not something that I will be apart of,” said Senator Bob Casey, Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. “Their proposal is inadequate in so many ways — one glaring example is that it slashes the $400 billion allocated for home and community-based services. We have an opportunity we haven’t had for 25 years to make a substantial investment over time which could help rebuild America, and we’ve got to take advantage of it.”

“Infrastructure investments in climate and care are essential at this moment and they are particularly well-timed for where the economy is right now,” said Mike Konczal, director of Progressive Thought at the Roosevelt Institute. “The Republican infrastructure plan, which redirects state and local funding from the American Rescue Plan towards infrastructure, is grossly inappropriate and risks the overall stability of a swift recovery. The American Jobs Plan will have a huge effect on the everyday lives of people in this country and affect frontline communities who have suffered during this pandemic, and it’s the wisest economic investment we can make.”

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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