PRESS RELEASE: STATEMENT: CONGRESS MUST PASS BUILD BACK BETTER ACT AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL TOGETHER THIS WEEK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
November 4, 2021

Contact:
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director

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STATEMENT: CONGRESS MUST PASS BUILD BACK BETTER ACT AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL TOGETHER THIS WEEK

Both Bills Needed to Create Jobs, Lower Costs, and Cut Taxes for Middle-Class Americans

NEW POLLING: 67% of Voters — including 64% of Independents — Support Passing the Build Back Better Act.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Invest in America Action released the statement below urging Congress to pass both the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill together this week. Both enjoy widespread popularity — last week a new poll from Invest in America and Data for Progress showed that 2 out of 3 voters want Congress to pass Build Back Better and — if it is passed — a substantial majority of voters would have a more favorable opinion of Congress and President Biden.

Invest in America Action’s Communications Director Maddy McDaniel made the following statement: 

“It is absolutely imperative that Congress immediately move both the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal together — doing so will create millions of jobs, lower everyday costs for families and cut taxes for the middle-class.

“One of the key takeaways from Tuesday is that voters want legislative action that will deliver economic growth, address inflation, and make our economy fairer. Together, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the Build Back Better Act meet that test and Congress should ensure both bills pass quickly. This week.”

The investments in the Build Back Better framework will create jobs, lower costs, and lower taxes for working families.

Child Care:

  • A lack of affordable child care has become a barrier to work for many parents, especially mothers.

  • The framework represents the most transformative investment in child care in generations, and will ensure that no middle-income families pay more than 7% of their income.

  • Access to affordable child care could increase the lifetime earnings for women with two children by about $94,000. It would also boost the collective lifetime earnings of a cohort of 1.3 million women by $130 billion.

Home Care:

  • Demographic shifts alone require adding 1.1 million more home care jobs to our economy by 2028 to support the aging of our population.

  • The framework will include high quality, affordable care for elder Americans and people with disabilities in their homes.

Universal Preschool: 

  • The framework includes two years of free preschool for more than six million children

  • Universal pre-k will improve children’s development, help parents return to the workforce, and boost the economy.

  • Research shows that universal preschool boosts children’s education achievementmakes children more ready for school, and can even increase the future earnings potential for low and middle-income students.

Addressing Climate Change: 

  • Climate change is one of the biggest existential threats facing the United States.

  • The framework represents the largest effort to combat climate change in history that will ensure the U.S. can reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 50 and 52 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.

  • The framework’s clean energy tax credits will save American families hundreds of dollars per year in clean energy. It will also enlist 300,000 members in a Civilian Climate Corps to conserve public lands, bolster community resilience, and address the changing climate.

  • This effort, along with the infrastructure deal, will curb well over a gigaton – or one billion metric tons – of America’s emissions.

Affordable Health Care: 

  • The framework includes the biggest expansion of affordable health care in a decade.

  • It will reduce premiums for more than 9 million Americans and deliver health care coverage to up to 4 million uninsured people in states that have locked them out of Medicaid. It will also expand Medicare so older Americans can access affordable hearing care.

Child Tax Credit Expansion:

  • The framework includes an expansion of the Child Tax Credit, which will lower taxes for middle class families by providing 39 million households and nearly 90% of children in the U.S. a major tax cut and cutting the child poverty rate in half.

 Housing: 

  • Currently, there is no state or county where a full-time worker at minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom apartment.

  • The framework includes investments to create more than one million new affordable homes in urban and rural areas.

Education: 

  • The framework will make education beyond high school more affordable by expanding Pell Grants and increased investments in workforce development.

Investing in infrastructure will create millions of jobs, turbocharge the economy, and address inequities. 

Roads, Bridges, & Ports: 

Public Transit: 

Water: 

  • Up to 10 million American households and 400,000 schools and child care centers lack safe drinking water.

  • There is a water main break every two minutes, causing 6 billion gallons of treated water to be lost each day.

  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will make a $55 billion investment in clean drinking water and waste water infrastructure, the largest in American history.

Electric Vehicles:

  • U.S. market share of plug-in electric vehicle sales is only one-third the size of the Chinese EV market.

  • The bill will invest $7.5 billion to build out the first-ever national network of EV chargers in the United States, helping to address the climate crisis and support domestic manufacturing jobs with a particular focus on rural, disadvantaged, and hard-to-reach communities.

  • The bill invests in thousands of electric school buses nationwide, helping school districts across the country buy clean, American-made, zero emission buses.

Power Infrastructure:

Broadband: 

  • Around 24 million households lack access to reliable high-speed internet, and 16 million students live in a house without internet connection — 30% of all K-12 public school students.

  • The BID’s historic $65 billion investment in broadband will help ensure every American has access to reliable high-speed internet.

Reconnecting Communities:

  • Infrastructure has historically been used to disenfranchise communities of color, with physical infrastructure and transportation systems that cut through neighborhoods, isolate communities of color, and expose them to a disproportionate amount of pollution and hazard.

  • The BID creates a first-ever program to reconnect communities divided by transportation infrastructure through dedicated funding for planning, design, demolition, and development of street grids, parks, and other infrastructure.

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