INVEST IN AMERICA WEEKLY ROUNDUP

Invest in America and Invest in America Action:
  • Invest in America released a poll with Data for Progress, demonstrating that both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda have an overwhelming majority of support from voters. The poll found that:

    • 65% of voters, including 83% of Democrats, 62% of Independents, and 46% of Republicans, support passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

    • 66% of voters, including 85% of Democrats, 60% of Independents, and 47% of Republicans, support passage of the Build Back Better agenda through reconciliation.

    • 57% of voters believe that the U.S. should invest more to create jobs and economic growth, while only 33% were concerned that investments would create more inflation.

    • A majority of voters — including Independents and Republicans — support every single investment in the Build Back Better agenda.

  • Invest in America Action disseminated a report showing how the Build Back Better agenda will benefit key states and congressional districts across the country by creating millions of jobs, reducing costs for families, and lowering taxes on working and middle-class Americans.

  • Invest in America Action hosted a press conference in West Virginia calling on Congress to support the Build Back Better agenda’s investments in paid leave for working families, featuring West Virginia advocates Dr. Jessica Ice, Sammi Brown, Amy Jo Hutchinson, and Ryan Frankenberry. The call highlighted West Virginians’ lack of access to both paid and unpaid leave, the need to implement paid leave policies for West Virginia’s workers, and the potential economic gains of a national comprehensive paid family and medical leave policy. View a recording here.

    • Dr. Jessica Ice, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care: Giving paid leave to workers and their families is good for our country and the economy. We have to take care of our workers if we want to have a successful economy.

    • Sammi Brown, Paid Leave Works for WV: The pandemic exposed the vulnerabilities within our economy and our communities but these were issues that had been there all along… [By passing a federal paid leave policy], we can ensure that we are protecting these folks and their quality of life.

    • Amy Jo Hutchinson, Paid Leave Works for WV: As a native West Virginian, I know how important taking care of our family is in our culture. It’s past time our infrastructure supported that. It’s past time we had the support in place that let us be there for our families in times of joy and sorrow without losing our financial security. We are counting on Congress to ensure that everyone has the paid leave they need to thrive.

    • Ryan Frankenberry, West Virginia Working Families Party: It’s crucial that we enact a paid leave policy nationwide so that we can protect families and give them the support structure they need to take time off to take care of themselves and their family members. There are reports that show enacting this policy could bring West Virginia families up to almost $200 million annually in additional salaries…This is an easy one for our members of Congress, all West Virginia federal officials should be supporting this.

  • Invest in America amplified the July Jobs report, noting that while the 943,000 jobs added during July signal that the economy is strengthening thanks to the American Rescue Plan, more investment is needed for a sustainable, equitable economic recovery that brings America to full economic power.

  • Invest in America Action uplifted Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s remarks urging Congress to pass both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda in order to create millions of jobs, address inequities, and position the United States to be a world economic leader.

  • Invest in America highlighted data from the weekly unemployment report, noting that while the American Recovery Plan has strengthened the economy and led to a downward trend in jobless claims, more public investment is needed to lower costs for middle-class Americans and create millions of good-paying jobs, bringing the American economy to full strength.

INVEST IN AMERICA COVERAGE

The Hill: Progressive poll finds support for Democrats $3.5 trillion spending plan
A majority of likely voters in a new poll obtained exclusively by The Hill supports Congress passing a $3.5 trillion spending bill that includes Democratic priorities, like universal pre-kindergarten and extending the child tax credit expansion, through reconciliation.

The poll, which was conducted by progressive think tank and polling firm Data for Progress for the group Invest in America, found that 66 percent of likely voters support Congress passing “a $3.5 trillion investment plan” that would include funding to improve long-term care for seniors, expand Medicare benefits, expand pre-K, modernize the electric grid and extend the Child Tax Credit expansion through reconciliation, while 26 percent oppose the bill. Eight-five percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents said they support the measure.

[…] The Data for Progress poll also found strong support among Democrats and independents for specific previsions that are expected to be included in the reconciliation package, like universal pre-K and free community college tuition. Some of the provisions also garnered support from Republicans, including modernizing the electric grid, improving long-term care for seniors, and lowering the Medicare eligibility from age 65 to 60.

Newsweek: More Republicans Support Biden’s $3.5 Trillion Spending Bill Than Oppose: Poll
A new poll shows a slightly larger share of Republicans saying they back President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers’ massive $3.5 trillion spending plan than oppose the proposed legislation.

As the Senate appears to be on a path to passing a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill—which would provide substantial funding for roads, bridges, the water sector, broadband and climate change priorities—Democrats also aim to pass an even larger partisan budget reconciliation package. Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” legislation would provide funding for key priorities such as free community college, universal prekindergarten, expanded Medicare and green cards for some undocumented immigrants, among other Democratic priorities.

Although GOP lawmakers have slammed the large package and its high price tag, a plurality of Republican voters in a new poll from progressive polling company Data for Progress for the organization Invest in America appear to support it, The Hill first reported. The survey found that nearly half (47 percent) of GOP voters backed the legislation, which Democrats say is an investment in the nation’s future. Meanwhile, just 44 percent of Republican voters said they were against the bill’s passage.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, if passed, would dedicate $55 billion for clean drinking water across the U.S.

The American Independent: Polls show Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan is even more popular than bipartisan deal
Two new polls show that a large majority of likely voters support the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure investment plan. The same surveys showed even more enthusiasm for the Democrats’ budget reconciliation plan, which would invest more money on a broader range of priorities.

Both surveys were done over the past week by Data for Progress, a nonprofit progressive think tank, and asked about the $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure framework (now known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) and elements of the Democrats’ proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

One survey, done for the pro-infrastructure group Invest in America, asked 1,254 likely voters whether they support or oppose the bipartisan infrastructure package “to invest $550 billion in transit and rail networks, roads and bridges, and environmental resiliency.” A total of 65% said they did — including a 45% plurality of Republicans — and 25% said they did not. The main individual provisions of the legislation also each enjoyed majority or supermajority support.

Common Dreams: As Right-Wing Dems Balk at Price Tag, Poll Shows 66% of US Voters Support $3.5 Trillion Package
As conservatives in the Senate Democratic caucus gripe about the $3.5 trillion price tag of an emerging reconciliation package, a new poll released Thursday shows that two-thirds of U.S. voters support the sweeping proposal, which is expected to include historic investments in climate action, an expansion of Medicare benefits, universal pre-K, and higher taxes on the rich.

Conducted by progressive polling outfit Data for Progress on behalf of the advocacy group Invest in America Now, the survey (pdf) finds that 66% of U.S. voters—85% of Democrats, 60% of independents, and 47% of Republicans—have a favorable view of the $3.5 trillion proposal.

The poll also shows solid public support for individual components of the reconciliation package, from investments in long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities (81%), modernizing the U.S. electric grid (72%), increasing the IRS budget to pursue wealthy tax cheats (67%), and funding a Civilian Climate Corps (59%).

Dominion Post: Congress needs to deliver on clean water for W.Va.
From lead pipes to dirty drinking water, West Virginians have been forced to put up with aging, unreliable water infrastructure for decades. Now, our communities are paying the price for years of inaction. Recent reports have shown that several children in Clarksburg have dangerous levels of lead in their bodies because of lead pipes that are still in use. Clarksburg Water Board President Paul Howe recently said that the board has repeatedly asked for help from state and federal agencies to address the crisis, but they haven’t received any assistance.

Right now, Congress is considering a historic, bipartisan infrastructure plan, spearheaded in part by Senator Joe Manchin, that would invest at least $55 billion to ensure access to clean drinking water. Such an investment would infuse much-needed funds into our state to deal with the Clarksburg crisis and others—while also building sustainable clean water infrastructure for generations to come.

As a scientist, I’ve worked and fought for clean water for West Virginians my entire career—including working to address the Freedom Industries chemical leak that contaminated the water supply for approximately 300,000 West Virginians before I was elected to public office. As a legislator, I’ve taken the fight for clean drinking water to the House of Delegates.

The Mesa Tribune: Mesa needs infrastructure package
In Mesa, we’ve seen the extraordinary impact that infrastructure investment can have on our local economy. Since the Valley Metro Rail first opened in 2008, the Phoenix Metropolitan area saw over $11 billion in development along the light rail route and the creation of over 50 million square feet of new housing, office, and retail space while downtown Mesa welcomed a state of the art Arizona State University lab center. Mesa is proof that investment in infrastructure is critical to strengthening local economies.
It’s vital that our Congressional delegation vote to advance the bipartisan infrastructure framework and commit real investment in transportation infrastructure. Spearheaded by Senator Sinema and a bipartisan coalition of Senators, the package is the largest investment in our nation’s infrastructure in nearly a century and will drastically improve our country’s transportation, water infrastructure, electric grids and more. By delivering $109 billion for roads and bridges, the deal will allow Arizona to finally make major improvements to our 132 bridges and 3,100 miles of highway in poor condition. This generational investment will boost our local economy, create good-paying jobs, and strengthen connections between our cities and towns.
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