INVEST IN AMERICA WEEKLY ROUNDUP

Invest in America and Invest in America Action:
  • Invest in America released new polling with Data for Progress which found that an overwhelming majority of voters support investing in care, clean energy, and education as a part of infrastructure, and would be less likely to support a lawmaker who guts that funding in favor of passing only one bipartisan deal.
    • The poll also found that 62% of voters support passing both the American Jobs and Families Plans together through reconciliation, and that they are not concerned about inflation or over-heating in relation to robust public investment.

 

Invest in America Action partnered with SEIU 199 and the West Virginia Working Families Party to launch the Democracy, Jobs, and Care-A-Van tour — a series of rallies throughout West Virginia to advocate for robust investments in infrastructure, clean energy, caregiving and more to create millions of jobs in the Mountain State. The tour includes a series of radio interviews with stations including WRNRWVLY, and WKKX.

  • Ahead of President Biden’s Wisconsin visit, Invest in America Action detailed why Wisconsinites need the public investments in President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
  • Invest in America Action called out Senate Republicans who are throwing cold water on the essential infrastructure investments in President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.

INVEST IN AMERICA COVERAGE

The Hill: Progressive poll: Majority supports passing Biden agenda through reconciliation
The poll, conducted by the progressive think tank and polling firm Data for Progress for the group Invest in America, found that 62 percent of those surveyed somewhat or strongly support passing Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan together using budget reconciliation.

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Zac Petkanas, a Democratic strategist and senior advisor for Invest in America Action, a group advocating for a robust infrastructure bill, said that the new poll shows the importance of Democrats advancing Biden’s agenda in its entirety, no matter what process they use to do so.

“What is very clear from the data is that people don’t care about the process – what comes first, what comes second, that doesn’t matter. What matters is creating jobs,” Petkanas said in an interview.

“Democrats don’t want to go into the midterms saying we could have passed a jobs investment that put millions of people back to work but we only ended up getting a quarter of the agenda done,” he said.
The Herald-Dispatch: Steve Williams: Don’t claw back COVID relief to pay for infrastructure bill
Congress is currently negotiating President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure paid for by making corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

As a mayor in West Virginia, it’s discouraging to see some of the discussions at the negotiating table focus on paying for infrastructure by raiding the American Rescue Plan’s COVID relief funding for state and local governments. No final infrastructure package can include provisions that rob us of these critical funds if West Virginia is to continue its economic recovery.

MSNBC The Last Word: Poll: 36% of Republicans support passing both of Biden’s infrastructure plans
Steven Dennis tells Lawrence O’Donnell that Democrats’ strategy to pursue the reconciliation bill on infrastructure in addition to bipartisan Senate agreement will be a complex process, but gives Democrats “one chance to do things that McConnell can’t veto.” Jonathan Alter adds that Biden “has to put points on the board” and infrastructure is the most popular way for Democrats to do that.

The American Independent: Poll shows voters want Biden spending plans even without support of GOP lawmakers
More than three-fifths of likely voters want Congress to pass President Joe Biden’s spending plans, even if the Democratic majority has to do so without a single Republican vote, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by Data for Progress for Invest in America, which campaigns for public investment in infrastructure, was released Tuesday. It found 62% support for passage of Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan through the budget reconciliation process, which allows the Senate to pass taxation and spending bills by a simple majority vote.

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“Our polling w/ @DataProgress shows voters don’t care about process, they care about results,” tweeted Invest in America. “The bipartisan deal is a solid first step — but a majority of voters still support passing the rest of the American Jobs and Families Plans through reconciliation.”

Truthout: Poll Finds Americans Want Dems to Push Forward With Original Infrastructure Bill
New polling from Data for Progress and Invest in America finds that the majority of likely voters support passing President Joe Biden’s $4 trillion infrastructure and families plan through budget reconciliation, which allows the Senate to pass legislation with a simple majority vote.

The poll of 1,183 Americans, seen by Truthout, found that 62 percent of people polled support passage of the package through reconciliation, with 86 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of independents, and 36 percent of Republicans in favor. Only 31 percent of poll respondents said that they oppose the proposal.

National Memo: Poll: Big Majority Supports Biden Spending Plans, Bipartisan Or Not
The survey, conducted by Data for Progress for Invest in America, which campaigns for public investment in infrastructure, was released Tuesday. It found 62 percent support for passage of Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan through the budget reconciliation process, which allows the Senate to pass taxation and spending bills by a simple majority vote.

Such a move is backed by 86 percent of Democratic voters, 59 percent of independents, and 36 percent of Republicans.
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While McConnell and his colleagues have attacked Biden’s proposed investments as unneeded socialism, the Data for Progress poll suggests those arguments are not working: 58 percent of those surveyed said the nation should invest more “to spur job creation and boost the economy after the coronavirus pandemic,” while just 33 percent said it should wait “over concerns about the economy overheating and inflation.”

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