PRESS RELEASE: STATEMENT: GOP FALSE START ON INFRASTRUCTURE RISKS LEAVING THEM BEHIND; CLOCK IS TICKING ON BOLD ACTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
April 28, 2021

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Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director

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STATEMENT: GOP FALSE START ON INFRASTRUCTURE RISKS LEAVING THEM BEHIND; CLOCK IS TICKING ON BOLD ACTION

Schumer This AM: “We hope to do as much as we can in a bipartisan way… but of course reconciliation is an option.”  

The Unserious GOP Counter-Proposal is 92% Smaller Than the Proposed American Jobs Plan and Includes Poison Pills Like Middle-Class Tax Increases

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

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stressed that when it comes to the American Jobs Plan, “we hope to do as much as we can in a bipartisan way,” but that “reconciliation is an option.”

Last week, a group of Senate Republicans made an unserious proposal to gut the American Jobs Plan by eliminating investments in school construction, caregiving, U.S. manufacturing, and clean energy that would create millions of jobs while shifting the costs from corporations to the middle-class. This is deeply unpopular with voters.

Invest in America Action’s senior advisor Zac Petkanas made the following statement: 

“The choice for the GOP is increasingly clear: quickly put forward good faith, serious proposals on infrastructure that meet the moment, or get left behind. To date, they’ve only opted for the latter as evidenced by their absurd proposals to cut the job creation funding in the Biden plan by 92% and shift the tax burden to the middle-class. Serious counter-offers don’t eliminate funding for school kids, grandmothers and blue-collar manufacturing jobs and don’t include poison pills like a gas tax and highway tolls.

“The efforts of President Biden, Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi to eagerly pursue bipartisan negotiation on infrastructure are commendable but their willingness to engage is not inexhaustible — nor should it be. The window for action on critical investments in our nation’s infrastructure and climate future doesn’t allow time for unserious, bad-faith proposals. We need only go back to the summer of 2009 to see how Republicans played Democrats for months with no intention of ever supporting a bill to deliver health care reform to millions.

“Republicans have a short period of time to get serious about the challenges facing America. If they do not, Democrats shouldn’t feel any guilt about walking away to pursue reconciliation. The clock is ticking.”

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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