SHOT/CHASER: SEN. CASSIDY FALSELY CLAIMS THAT GOP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN HAS MORE FUNDING FOR ROADS & BRIDGES THAN BIDEN’S PLAN
Today, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) falsely claimed that Senate Republicans’ infrastructure plan would “at least double the amount of money going to roads and bridges” compared to the American Jobs Plan.
But in reality, the GOP plan includes only 24% of the new spending for roads, bridges, ports, and airports proposed in the American Jobs Plan. And it completely cuts the American Jobs Plan’s key investments in clean energy, schools, and caregiving — risking the potential creation of more than one million jobs.
The majority of the infrastructure funding in Senate Republicans’ plan is actually baseline spending, which will occur whether or not new legislation is passed. Compared to the proposed investment in the American Jobs Plan, all of which is new funding, the Senate Republicans’ plan is 92% smaller.
SHOT: Sen. Cassidy Claims GOP Plan Includes Double the Funding for Roads and Bridges Compared to the American Jobs Plan
CHASER: GOP Plan Only Includes 24% of the American Jobs Plan’s Investments in Roads, Bridges, Airports, Ports, and Broadband
Not only does the Republican plan strip critical investments in roads, bridges, ports, and airports, it completely eliminates funding for caregiving, schools, and clean energy — potentially risking the creation of more than 1 million jobs.
- 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.
- The GOP plan cuts $400 billion for home and community based care for elderly and disabled people, which could result in $64.5 billion a year in lost wages and economic activity, and forfeit the millions of jobs that investing in care would create.
- Stripping funding for caregiving would continue to leave caregivers vulnerable to economic instability and greater financial strain, especially black and immigrant women who disproportionately perform paid and unpaid care.
- 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.