PRESS RELEASE: THE BAD FAITH STARTING LINE-UP: STATS ON GOP SENATORS’ WORK TO TANK INFRASTRUCTURE NEGOTIATIONS AHEAD OF OVAL OFFICE MEETING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2021

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THE BAD FAITH STARTING LINE-UP: STATS ON GOP SENATORS’ WORK TO TANK INFRASTRUCTURE NEGOTIATIONS AHEAD OF OVAL OFFICE MEETING

New: Invest in America Action Releases GOP Bad Faith Baseball Cards, Complete With Senators’ Stats Working To Tank Good Faith Negotiations On The American Jobs & Families Plans:

While Biden Made Nearly 500 Bipartisan Calls To Capitol Hill & Invited GOP Lawmakers To White House To Try To Craft Reasonable Deal…

…Senate Republicans Are Sabotaging Any Hopes Of Compromise By Demanding Poison Pills Intended To Kill The American Jobs & Families Plans…

…Like Shifting Corporate Tax Burden To The Middle-Class Through User Fees and Gas Taxes Despite Opposition From Large Majorities of Republican Voters 

…And Like Cutting Popular Job Creating Investments For US Manufacturing, School Construction and Elder Care

In Fact, 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, D.C. — One thing is clear when you look at the line-up of Senators joining today’s Oval Office meeting on the American Jobs Plan: it’s filled with bad-faith Senate Republicans who are working overtime to tank good-faith negotiations by inserting poison pills, making unreasonable demands, and outright saying their goal is to make the Biden Administration unsuccessful.

Since Republicans have such an affinity for playing petty partisan games, Invest in America Action has released a series of bad-faith baseball cards featuring Republican Senators’ stats working to derail compromise on the American Jobs Plan. View the baseball cards here.

Invest in America Action senior advisor Zac Petkanas released the following statement: 

“Spring training is over and it’s finally infrastructure week. Coach Mitch McConnell’s got a weak starting lineup of bad faith negotiators who are all competing to be the farthest-right fielder. These players think Moneyball means going after funding for kids, grandma, and good-paying jobs, and making unreasonable demands to sink the American Jobs and Families Plan, like attempting to shift the tax burden from corporations to middle class families. 

“We got a behind-the-scenes peak at McConnell’s defensive shift: devoting 100% of his team’s energy to blocking President Biden’s agenda at all costs. You don’t need analytics to see that McConnell’s team is playing dirty. 

“Luckily, President Biden has home field advantage, with a strong bench of the majority of Americans strongly supporting the American Jobs and Families Plan. It’s time to close out this series and leave this team behind.” 

Take a look at the line-up of Senate Republicans joining President Biden in today’s Oval Office meeting: 

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) 

  • Sen. Barrasso established a “red line” around Republicans’ 2017 tax law, which gave tax breaks to corporations and billionaires and referred to clean energy jobs as an “expensive fantasy.”
  • “We have no appetite at all for… things like child care, senior care.” [Press Conference, 5/11/21]
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MS)
  • Sen. Blunt continues to peddle the misleading claim that critical investments in things like US manufacturing, school construction, childcare, broadband and clean drinking water is not infrastructure but rather “a liberal wish list.”
  • “Democrats have loaded up this $2.3 trillion package with completely unrelated policies. It’s not an infrastructure bill, it’s a liberal wish list.” [Twitter, 4/22/21]
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-LA)
  • Sen. Wicker has already set a limit on what Republicans will accept during infrastructure talks before meeting with the president, threatening that “there will not be one Republican vote” on a package that includes funding for elder care, schools, and good-paying manufacturing jobs. 
  • “There will not be one Republican vote […] I don’t think it’s really realistic to go up much higher” [Politico, 5/11/21]
  • “$800 billion is the ‘absolute upper limit’ on what Republicans may accept” [Twitter, 5/11/21]
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
  • Sen. Toomey has trash-talked the American Jobs and Families Plan, and refused to support a package that would ensure corporations — which rely on infrastructure like highways, roads, bridges, ports, and broadband — to pay their fair share, instead of the middle-class. 
  • “Would the President prefer this giant, new, multi-trillion dollar latest way to make more people dependent on government? Yes, I’m sure. But if they’re gonna do that, they’re not gonna have Republican support…I’m just not interested in ruining the [2017] tax reform.” [CNBC, 5/10/21]
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Sen. Crapo claims that investments in good-paying manufacturing jobs, elder care, and clean water are all a part of President Biden’s “partisan wish list” — despite strong support from Republicans for these provisions in the past.
Sen. Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV)
  • Sen. Moore-Capito spearheaded a meager counter-proposal to the American Jobs Plan that would slash 92% of its funding, cut all investments in clean energy, manufacturing, and caregiving, and shift the tax burden from corporations to the middle-class. 
  • “We think we can pay for this with expanded user-fees […] I personally don’t want to see the [corporate] taxes go up, I think that’s the wrong time to be doing that. […] That would be very difficult to get a core member of our Republican caucus to along with that,” [Twitter, 5/4/21]
View Invest in America Action’s GOP Bad Faith Baseball Cards here

BACKGROUND ON THE GOP COUNTER-PROPOSAL

The only counter-proposal the GOP has offered so far strips 92% of the funding in President Biden’s plan, gutting job-creating investments in schools, caregiving, manufacturing, and clean energy and 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. 
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 

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.

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