PRESS RELEASE: WEST VIRGINIA ADVOCATES TO CONGRESS: INVEST IN CARE ECONOMY, PASS BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2021
Maddy McDaniel, National Press Secretary
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WEST VIRGINIA ADVOCATES TO CONGRESS: INVEST IN CARE ECONOMY, PASS BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA
Advocates from West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, SEIU199, and Paid Leave Works for West Virginia Joined a Virtual Roundtable to Advocate for the Build Back Better Agenda
WATCH ROUNDTABLE HERE
CHARLESTON, WV— Today, Kathleen Stoll of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, Sherri McKinney of SEIU199, Sammi Brown of Paid Leave Works for West Virginia, and Lynette Maselli of Invest in America Action West Virginia gathered for a virtual press conference urging the Senate to pass a bold reconciliation package that invests in the care economy in conjunction with a bipartisan infrastructure plan paid for by ensuring the tax burden falls on corporations shipping American jobs overseas — not on middle-class Americans.
Speakers emphasized the need for President Biden’s entire Build Back Better agenda, which will create millions of good-paying jobs and make critical investments in West Virginia’s care economy to improve the lives of middle-class workers and families. They also called upon the Senate to fund these critical infrastructure investments by ensuring that corporations pay their fair share in taxes and closing loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas.
“Yes, you need good roads. But before you can even get on the road to work you need to know that you have safe and affordable childcare for your preschooler. You need to know that someone will check in on your elderly parent with health problems. You need to know that a person in your family who has a disability will get the help that they need during the day so that they can safely bathe and dress and get out the door to their own job. Funding programs that help address these needs of working West Virginia families is called investing in a care economy. And that’s what we need. The need for these services among West Virginia working families is truly growing,” said Kathleen Stoll, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care.
“It’s not an option for this not to pass if we want West Virginia to survive. If we want to build the roads and to build the bridges. If we want to do all of the traditional infrastructure work, care, child care, and all of the things we’ve been talking about, the [bipartisan infrastructure plan and the reconciliation package] must be passed,” said Sherri McKinney, SEIU199.
“Having a robust investment in people, in human capital, will only make all of the other components of economic drivers that much better. You cannot have a business without people. You can not have an economy without consumers. Nothing can be sustained without a healthy, thriving community,” said Sammi Brown, Paid Leave Works for West Virginia.
You can view a recording of the roundtable discussion here.
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.