Invest in America and Invest in America Action:

Invest in America released a poll with Data for Progress, demonstrating that both the Build Back Better agenda and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal have overwhelming support from a majority of voters, and that voters believe it’s time corporations and the wealthy paid their fair share in taxes. The poll found that:

  • 69% of voters, including 81% of Democrats, 68% of Independents, and 55% of Republicans, support passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

  • 61% of voters, including 83% of Democrats, 58% of Independents, and 40% of Republicans, support passage of the Build Back Better agenda through reconciliation.

  • 60% of voters, including 64% of Independents, believe that the wealthy and large corporations should pay their fair share of taxes so that the U.S. can invest in long-term care for seniors, healthcare, and clean energy initiatives.

  • Voters do not want to cut any of the provisions in the Build Back Better agenda in order to shrink the reconciliation bill.

  • Invest in America Action hosted a press conference in Arizona urging Congress to support the Build Back Better agenda’s critical investments in clean energy, featuring Corporation Commissioner Anna Tovar, Mesa Vice Mayor Jenn Duff, and IBEW Local 640 Director of Apprenticeships Shawn Hutchinson. The speakers discussed the urgent need for federal investment in clean energy technology, which would create more than 69,000 good-paying jobs in Arizona, and Arizonans’ clear desire for clean energy initiatives. View a recording here.

    • Corporation Commissioner Anna Tovar: The Build Back Better agenda will strengthen Arizona’s economy. We know that investments in clean energy have the potential to create over 69,000 good-paying Arizona jobs by making homes and businesses more energy-efficient.

    • Mesa Vice Mayor Jenn Duff: The Build Back Better agenda can put the U.S and Arizona in a position to lead the way in new technologies. This clean energy investment will spur innovation, which is necessary to avoid a climate disaster. Time isn’t on our side, we need to move fast in order to avoid a major climate crisis that we are already experiencing the results of.

    • Shawn Hutchinson, IBEW Local 640: The construction of clean energy infrastructure generates tens of thousands of jobs within the construction sector. All of the building trades see benefits and can expand their workforce. The returns on this [Build Back Better] investment will be tenfold and boost our economy.
  • 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 an 18-month low, more public investment is needed to lower costs for middle-class Americans, create millions of good-paying jobs, and bring the American economy to full strength.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch: Chad Lovejoy: To fight child hunger, WV needs Build Back Better agenda
Children across West Virginia have been experiencing food insecurity for far too long. As a father of four, it breaks my heart to know that right now 1 in 5 children in West Virginia is struggling with hunger and facing long negative health effects as a result. Our lawmakers must act now to ensure that every child in West Virginia has the opportunity to live a full and healthy life.

Congress has the opportunity to fight child hunger by supporting the Build Back Better agenda, which will expand free meals to 9.3 million more children nationwide during the school year and invest $25 billion in programs that provide a $75 per child per month benefit to families of children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals to purchase nutritious foods during the summer. This critical investment will ensure that West Virginia’s children have access to the food that they need year round.

Addressing food insecurity has been one of my top priorities in the House of Delegates, which is why I formed the bipartisan Hunger Caucus and sponsored the Shared Table Law, which allows children to take leftover packaged food from school home with them. With a newly created Food Insecurity Workgroup in the House, we are committed to taking bold action on the state level. However, we also know that West Virginia can’t defeat child hunger alone. We need federal assistance now.

Food insecurity can have lasting impacts on a child’s health and development. Reports have shown that children who experience food insecurity are at an increased risk of serious diseases later in life like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Without access to adequate nutrition, children are also more likely to experience impaired language and motor skills. By investing in nutrition assistance programs, the Build Back Better agenda will set West Virginia’s children up for a healthy life.

Food insecurity also threatens our children’s ability to thrive in school. Research has shown that children who experience hunger are more likely to repeat a grade, come to school late, or skip school entirely. Academic performance is also dependent on a child receiving adequate nutrition, as studies show hungry children report lower math scores. Schools that offer their students a free balanced breakfast report increased attentiveness and improved student behavior. By ensuring no child goes hungry, the Build Back Better agenda will set our children up for academic success.

West Virginia leaders can’t let children go hungry any longer. Congress must invest in our children and their futures. I ask our leaders in Washington to support the Build Back Better agenda and deliver the nutrition assistance programs West Virginia’s kids desperately need.