INVEST IN AMERICA WEEKLY ROUNDUP
Invest in America launched a new digital ad, “Popular,” which highlights the widespread popularity of the Build Back Better agenda and its critical investments in child care, caregiving, education, climate change action, and more. The digital ad features public polling that shows Americans want to see big investments in initiatives in addition to physical infrastructure in order to create jobs, lower costs, and cut taxes for middle-class families. Watch the digital ad here.
Invest in America Action organized and released a letter signed by over 70 prominent economists urging leaders in Washington to pass both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. The letter was highlighted by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a daily press briefing.
In the letter, the economists agree that the “once-in-a-generation opportunities” in the Build Back Better agenda “will create millions of jobs, lower costs for American families and lead to significant economic growth.” The signers are led by former Former Council of Economic Advisers Chair Austan Goolsbee. Read the full letter here.
Invest in America Action hosted a press conference in West Virginia urging Congress to support the critical investments in the Build Back Better agenda to end child hunger in the state, featuring Delegate Chad Lovejoy, Delegate Kayla Young, and West Virginia Working Families Party Executive Director Ryan Frankenberry. The speakers discussed the lifelong negative effects of food insecurity for children, which 1 in 5 West Virginia children experience, as well as $25 billion investment in the Build Back Better agenda to ensure every child has access to healthy food. View a recording here.
- Delegate Chad Lovejoy: We have a great opportunity here with the Build Back Better agenda—a large part of which focuses on nutritional assistance. We have that expansion of free meals to 9.3 million school kids, many of which are right here in the Mountain State. The Build Back Better Agenda would really move the needle on food insecurity in my community. It would truly be an investment in our kids.
Delegate Kayla Young: We know that addressing food insecurity is only one of the small pieces in the larger puzzle of solving poverty, but we need this investment now for immediate relief for our families. It’s incredibly important to make sure that corporations are paying their fair share because we know that they aren’t, they haven’t for decades, and it’s important for them to pitch in too.
- Ryan Frankenberry, West Virginia Working Families Party: If we don’t push for these huge Build Back Better investments now, we’re going to miss out on the opportunity of a generation to change West Virginia’s future. This is the time for bold action. There are no excuses for not helping children.
Invest in America Action released a statement applauding the House for adopting the Senate’s budget resolution and advancing the reconciliation process. The House vote moved President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda a step toward passage — upon passing, the agenda will create millions of jobs, lower costs, and cut taxes for American families across the country.
Invest in America highlighted data from the weekly unemployment report, noting that jobless claims ticked slightly upward and that more public investment is needed to lower costs for Americans and create millions of good-paying jobs, bringing the American economy to full strength.
White House Press Briefing: Press Secretary Jen Psaki Highlights Invest In America Economist Letter
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki highlighted a letter organized by Invest in America Action and signed by over 70 leading economists, in which the economists voiced their support for passing President Biden’s economic agenda: both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better plan. See Psaki’s remarks below:
Today, a group of over 70 leading economists, led by former CEA Chair Austan Goolsbee, announced in an open letter their support for both pillars of the President’s economic agenda: the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better plan.
“Their letter reinforces the case we’ve been making to the American people that this historic investment — these historic investments are vital for the strength of our economy and the financial wellbeing of middle-class families, writing, quote, ‘These once-in-a-generation opportunities will create millions of jobs, lower costs for American families, and lead to significant economic growth. Both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and Build Back Better agenda could likely ease inflationary pressures.’”
Go deeper: Prominent economists — led by Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers — are trying to build momentum for Biden’s plans. They insist the new spending won’t add to inflation.
“Both the bipartisan infrastructure deal and the Build Back Better agenda could ease some inflationary pressures by introducing significant supply-side measures into the economy,” more than 70 economists are writing to congressional leaders, Axios has learned.
The infrastructure bill now moving ahead in the House provides us with an opportunity to create high-paying jobs today and to build for the next century of American growth and leadership.
As a current and a former CEO of large global businesses, we know how modern infrastructure makes it easier for businesses like ours to strengthen our operations, benefiting employees, future hires, and the supply chain. This is a generational opportunity to make investments in infrastructure that can help keep the U.S. economy competitive globally, make our economic system more inclusive, and rebuild the resiliency our society needs to face future crises.
[…] Let’s also not miss out on the opportunity proposed in the framework to modernize our electric grid and start building a nationwide network of electric vehicle chargers. The nation that built the interstate highway system and ushered in the automobile industry must lead the way forward. This is the step we need to catch up to other countries.
The Washington Post: What is it about progressives that makes Democratic moderates go nuts?
[…] Consider, too, that the progressiveness of the Biden agenda is generally supported by a bipartisan majority of the American people. A recent poll by the progressive polling firm Data for Progress found support from 47 percent of Republicans. The president gets strong marks for supporting community college and addressing climate change. There’s a sense that Americans know that their lives and livelihoods are being threatened by the increasing impacts of climate change — floods, fires, drought, severe storms.
Thus, the elements of the budget reconciliation to expand electric vehicle production, support infrastructure, invest in community resiliency and shoot for a clean energy standard are ideas that Americans can back.
The West Virginia Working Families and state delegates are urging Congress to fight food insecurity by supporting President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, which the administration says would send $25 billion to nutrition assistance programs.
“Here in West Virginia 242,000 residents are facing hunger, and just over 68,000 of them are our children,” Lynette Maselli of Invest in America Action West Virginia said.
Arizona Capitol Times: Federal legislation addresses child care crisis
Right now, Arizona is experiencing a child care crisis. Costs and demand for high-quality child care are on the rise in Arizona. Now, with the pandemic forcing one-third of the state’s licensed child care providers to close, parents are left with nowhere to turn while workers lose their livelihoods. As parents, advocates for children, and policy experts, we know first-hand how critical quality child care is for our children, families, and local economies.
[…] Arizona can’t let the child care crisis go on any longer. We need Congress to support our communities and invest in our children, families, and child care providers. We urge Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly to support the Build Back Better agenda and deliver the child care and early learning investments Arizona needs to strengthen our communities.