PRESS RELEASE:NEW REPORT: HOW GOP SENATORS’ OPPOSITION TO STATE & LOCAL AID WOULD HURT THEIR CONSTITUENTS 

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February 25, 2021

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NEW REPORT: HOW GOP SENATORS’ OPPOSITION TO STATE & LOCAL AID WOULD HURT THEIR CONSTITUENTS 

State and Local Governments Face Potential Budget Shortfalls of $300 Billion Over the Next Two Years, Not Including Additional Covid-Related Costs and Lost Investments

The American Rescue Plan Would Provide $350 Billion to Help State and Local Governments Keep Essential Workers on the Job, Get People Vaccinated, and Support Local Economies — But Some Senate Republicans Still Oppose the Plan

New Report Lays Out What’s at Stake for the Home States of Senators Who Oppose the American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Invest in America Action released a new report, “On the Chopping Block: What Republican Senators’ Opposition to the American Rescue Plan Will Mean for Their State,” detailing what’s at stake in the home states of Republican senators who oppose the state and local aid contained in the American Rescue Plan.

The report lays out how the health and economic emergency caused by the pandemic has caused major budget shortfalls, depleted revenues and increased costs for state and local governments, which have forced the layoffs of more than 1.4 million workers and put millions more jobs at risk.

Read the report to see how states including Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Utah will suffer without additional Covid relief as part of the American Rescue Plan.

“Every day Republican senators try to block the public investments contained within the American Rescue Plan puts essential workers at risk of losing their jobs, slows down the vaccination distribution process, denies resources to reopen schools and undermines the local economies in their own states,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “How many firefighters, law enforcement personnel and EMTs do they want to see laid off? How much longer do they want to keep children out of the classroom? Are they really ok with grandparents going without a vaccine in their arm? These are the questions Republican senators need to ask themselves as they hack away at the crucial aid for their states.”

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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