Senate Republicans’ Infrastructure Proposal Would Hamstring Our Economic Recovery and Future Prosperity

The United States needs big, bold public investment to address the massive loss of jobs during the pandemic, our underfunded infrastructure, the ever-widening inequities between the rich and the poor, the child care crisis that has forced millions of women out of the workplace, and the rising threat of climate change. President Biden’s American Jobs and Families Plans would begin to tackle these growing concerns while creating millions of high-paying jobs.

However, the infrastructure counter-proposal offered by Senate Republicans would undermine our recovery and stifle future economic growth. It eliminates key provisions of the president’s plan that are essential to building a stronger, more equitable, sustainable future, including all investments in caregiving, schools, rebuilding America’s manufacturing, and clean energy. These cuts would hamper the creation of millions of jobs for middle class workers, and would further solidify the long-standing inequities that made middle class families so vulnerable to the economic costs of the pandemic. 

We cannot create an equitable, sustainable economic recovery that ensures our long-term prosperity by ignoring caregiving and the threat of climate change, undercutting American manufacturing, and keeping middle class families on the backfoot by under-investing in infrastructure projects that would create jobs and spark economic growth. 

Congress and the Biden administration should reject the infrastructure proposal from Senate Republicans and work to pass an infrastructure plan that fully addresses the urgent needs of the country and the economy. 

Sincerely,

François Geerolf, UCLA
Neva Goodwin, Boston University & Tufts University
Haider Kahn, University of Denver
Raul Hinojosa, University of California Los Angeles- NAID Center
Stephanie Seguino, University of Vermont
Andres Vinelli, Center for American Progress
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research(CEPR)
Julie Nelson, University of Massachusetts Boston
Peter Bohmer, The Evergreen State College
Rakeen Mabud, Groundwork Action
Daphne Greenwood, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Brendan O’Flaherty, Columbia University
Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts Boston
John Roemer, Yale University
Dorene Isenberg, University of Redlands
Ellen Mutari, Stockton University
Yavuz Yasar, University of Denver
Kimberly Christensen, Sarah Lawrence College
Barry Bluestone, Northeastern University
Sarah Jacobson, Williams College
Noé Wiener, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Teresa Ghilarducci, The New School for Social Research
Fabio Ghironi, University of Washington
Gabriel Mathy, American University
Tracy Mott, University of Denver
Christian Proano, University of Bamberg
Naomi Zewde, CUNY