COLONIAL PIPELINE ATTACK, I-40 BRIDGE FRACTURE, MONTHLY JOBS REPORT SHOW INCREASING URGENCY TO PASS THE AMERICAN JOBS & FAMILIES PLANS
Recent events make it exceedingly clear: Americans cannot wait any longer to pass the American Jobs and Families Plans. The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, the shutdown of a fractured Memphis bridge, and the rise in women’s unemployment all demonstrate an increasing urgency to invest in physical and human infrastructure.
We need the American Jobs and Families Plans to protect energy infrastructure:
- The Washington Post: As Colonial Pipeline recovers from cyberattack, leaders point to a ‘wake-up call’ for U.S. energy infrastructure
- The systemic security vulnerabilities that were laid bare by the attack […] have already created a broader reckoning for the state of American infrastructure.
- A major East Coast fuel pipeline lurched back to life Thursday as the nation continued to deal with the fallout from the biggest known cyberattack on U.S. energy infrastructure, but the Biden administration warned it would take time for fuel shortages to ease and pledged to take additional action to prevent a similar crisis.
- Yahoo News: White House says American Jobs Plan will address cybersecurity amid pipeline disruption
- Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg addressed the pipeline, saying the U.S. needs to “make sure our infrastructure is resilient” in the face of cyberthreats. He noted that the American Jobs Plan will be “funding and supporting” those efforts.
To rebuild our crumbling physical infrastructure:
- The New York Times: ‘Get People Off’: Shutdown Ordered for Cracked Bridge in Memphis
- The shutdown has underscored the decay of the nation’s infrastructure and the dangers that it can pose. President Biden has focused on bridges as part of an ambitious and expensive proposal to fund a widespread overhaul and upgrade of roads, airports, public transportation, railways and ports across America.
- The New York Times: Biden Details $2 Trillion Plan to Rebuild Infrastructure and Reshape the Economy
- White House officials said the proposal’s combination of spending and tax credits would translate into 20,000 miles of rebuilt roads, repairs to the 10 most economically important bridges in the country, the elimination of lead pipes from the nation’s water supplies and a long list of other projects intended to create millions of jobs in the short run and strengthen American competitiveness in the long run.
And to address the lack of access to affordable child care that is hampering the economy:
- Business Insider: The April jobs report shows women are still struggling
- Misty L. Heggeness, a principal economist and senior advisor at the US Census Bureau, said in an email that folks shouldn’t be surprised. There’s still a “virus running around in communities,” causing safety concerns. Also, people don’t still don’t have places to safely drop their kids when they go to work.
- CNBC: Biden tax plan could save some families nearly $15,000 a year on child care
- Low- and middle-income families could get major child-care assistance under President Biden’s tax plan […] Under the plan, the average American family with young children may save $14,800 a year on child care.