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 the Build Back Better agenda has an overwhelming support from a majority of voters. The poll found that:
- 63% of voters, including 81% of Democrats, 56% of Independents, and 46% of Republicans, support passage of the Build Back Better agenda through reconciliation.
- 54% of voters believe the investment plan should be as large as possible to lower costs for middle-class families and keep America competitive globally, while only 34% believe it should be small and targeted.
- Invest in America Action hosted a press conference in West Virginia commending Senator Manchin for his work negotiating the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and calling on Congress to pass the Build Back Better agenda, featuring West Virginia Delegate John Williams, Sherri McKinney of SEIU, and Ryan Frankberry of the West Virginia Working Families Party. The call highlighted how the BID will rebuild West Virginia’s crumbling infrastructure, the need for investment in key sectors laid out by the Build Back Better agenda, and the economic benefits that both plans will bring to West Virginians. View a recording here.
- Delegate John Williams: [The Build Back Better agenda] is about investing in the middle class so that we can be a happier and more productive society. Today was the first step of many, I hope, that we will take to truly strengthen and lift up the middle class.
- Sherri McKinney, SEIU 1199: Although this bill today was vitally important for West Virginia, we need to make sure we put human infrastructure on the forefront and make sure we are reminding Senators Manchin and Capito that [passing the Build Back Better agenda] is the right thing to do. The home care piece alone would create over 5,000 much needed jobs in West Virginia.
- Ryan Frankenberry, West Virginia Working Families Party: We need a massive investment in our future. We need child care, pre-school, community college, and elder care to be funded. We need an expansion of Medicare to include things like vision and dental. We need to extend the expansion of the Child Tax Credit. [The Build Back Better agenda] is a huge opportunity for West Virginia… We thank our Senators for their vote today but we expect them to bring this support to West Virginia.
- Invest in America Action hosted a press conference in Arizona urging Congress to support the critical investments in the Build Back Better agenda, featuring House Democratic Leader Reginald Bolding, Flagstaff Vice Mayor Becky Daggett, Children’s Action Alliance CEO David Lujan. The speakers discussed the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the need for investments in paid family leave, child care, and other priorities included in the Build Back Better Agenda. Listen to a recording here.
- Flagstaff Vice Mayor Becky Daggett: Not only is passing the Build Back Better agenda the compassionate thing to do to make our families more resilient, it will also have a significant economic development impact by allowing workers to maintain their jobs while they also take care of their families. The stronger families are, the stronger our community is and the stronger our economy is.
- House Democratic Leader Reginald Bolding: We need to ensure that you don’t have to choose between your health and your job. The Build Back Better plan allows for you to be invested in your job but also to take care of your family. It’s exactly what Arizona and our country should be doing.
- David Lujan, Children’s Action Alliance: We applaud Senators Sinema and Kelly for passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. It’s a great first step but Arizonans want more. While the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is big, years—even decades—of disinvesting in Arizona’s children and families have created the need for the type of transformational change that can be brought about by the Build Back Better agenda.
- Invest in America Action released a statement commending the Senate for passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and calling on Congress to pass 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 released a statement to mark the delivery of the second Child Tax Credit payment, noting that the tax credit payments are playing a huge role in lowering hunger rates for children and families and urging the extension of the child tax credits through President Biden’s proposed Build Back Better agenda so that the CTC would continue to play an important role in cutting taxes for working families.
- Invest in America Action disseminated a factsheet showing some of the benefits for their constituents that GOP Senators voted against when opposing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal vote, including much-needed investments in roads and bridges, public transit, and broadband.
- Invest in America highlighted data from the weekly unemployment report, noting that while the American Recovery Plan has strengthened the economy and brought U.S. jobless claims to a pandemic low, 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.
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WBOY 12 News: What the infrastructure bill means for West Virginia
The infrastructure bill will help West Virginia by funding several projects including:
- West Virginia will receive a minimum allocation of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 258,000 West Virginians who currently lack it.
- Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, 543,000 or 31% of people in West Virginia will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access
- Roads and Bridges:
- Based on formula funding alone, West Virginia would expect to receive $3 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $506 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.
- West Virginia can also compete for the $12.5 billion Bridge Investment Program for economically significant bridges.
- Nearly $16 billion of national funding in the bill dedicated for major projects that will deliver substantial economic benefits to communities.
- Public Transportation:
- Based on formula funding alone, West Virginia would expect to receive $196 million over five years under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to improve public transportation options across the state.