INVEST IN AMERICA WEEKLY ROUNDUP
- Invest in America Action hosted a press conference in West Virginia calling on Senator Joe Manchin to support the critical care investments in the Build Back Better agenda, featuring health care advocate Ady Barkan, West Virginia Working Families Party Executive Director Ryan Frankenberry, West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare Executive Director Dr. Jessica Ice, Prevent Child Abuse WV State Director Jim McKay, SEIU 1199 Organizing Director Sherri McKinney, and SEIU 1199 Secretary/Treasurer Joyce Gibson. The speakers discussed the urgent need to extend the Child Tax Credit, invest in home and community-based services (HCBS), and lower health care costs for West Virginians. View a recording here.
Invest in America Action hosted a press conference in Arizona urging Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema to support the Build Back Better agenda’s critical investments in community college to cut education costs for middle-class Arizonans, featuring Mesa Mayor John Giles, Maricopa Community Colleges Board Member Jacqueline Smith, and Maricopa Community Colleges Board President Marie Sullivan. The speakers discussed the plan’s cost-cutting measures and the need to meet labor demand for Arizona’s growing occupational fields that require post-secondary education. View a recording here.
Invest in America Action released a new report detailing 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 disseminated a factsheet that notes the costs middle-class Americans will suffer every day that the Build Back Better agenda is not passed — including hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wages and economic activity. The factsheet was released after reports that Senator Joe Manchin wanted to take a “strategic pause” on the Build Back Better agenda until 2022.
Invest in America Action called out Mitch McConnell and Republicans for doubling down on their debt ceiling obstruction, putting middle-class families at risk and permanently damaging the U.S. economy, despite the fact that the GOP has raised or suspended the debt ceiling under Republican presidents 10 times in the past 20 years.
Invest in America highlighted data from the weekly unemployment report, noting that while jobless claims have trended downward since the passage of the American Rescue Plan, Americans are still eagerly awaiting the passage of both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda to create millions of jobs and further strengthen the economy.
- Invest in America Action amplified a report from Moody’s Analytics, which estimated that failing to raise or suspend the debt limit would lead to a downturn similar to the 2008 financial crisis — costing 6 million jobs, sending unemployment skyrocketing to 9 percent, and wiping out $15 trillion in household wealth.
INVEST IN AMERICA COVERAGE
Bloomberg Government: Ad Blitz Promoting Budget Package to Target Returning Democrats
Lawmakers returning to the Capitol this week will be greeted with tens of millions of dollars in ads from Democratic groups pressing them to pass a budget reconciliation bill as negotiations enter the final stretch.
The ad blitz is a continuation of spending in potential battleground districts over the August recess—$110 million, according to Building Back Together, a loose coalition of progressive organizations. But while those spots were crafted to sell the massive spending package to the public, the next wave of ads is aimed at the lawmakers themselves, said Eddie Vale, a Democratic strategist serving as a spokesman for several groups sponsoring ads on the reconciliation bill.
[…] One ad from Invest in America Action, an advocacy group pushing for the reconciliation bill’s passage, opens with “Hey politicians,” and then warns them opposing Biden’s signature bill would mean “killing millions of good paying jobs” and “raising taxes on middle class families.” The ad ends with an ominous “Tell us where you really stand. We’re listening.”
A slim majority of Republican voters support President Joe Biden’s and Democrats’ plan to raise taxes on Americans earning more than $400,000, new polling shows.
Biden and Democrats aim to pay for their proposed $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” budget reconciliation package through a series of tax hikes on the wealthy and corporations. Although no Republicans back the Democrats’ legislation, many GOP voters appear supportive of many of the package’s key components.
A poll conducted by Data for Progress and Invest in America showed that 51 percent of Republicans said they are supportive of tax hikes impacting Americans earning more than $400,000 in income per year. That included 21 percent who said they “strongly” support and 30 percent who “somewhat” support the proposal.
The survey also found that 52 percent of Republicans support increasing taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent of business owners by limiting the expenses they are allowed to deduct from their tax bill. Additionally, 52 percent of GOP voters said they support raising taxes on individuals who earn over $1 million per year through selling stocks and bonds.
The following is an op-ed written by Melinda French Gates
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” a member of Congress told me earlier this summer. We were talking about the chance to pass a desperately needed, long overdue national paid family and medical leave law. After decades of groundwork by advocates and activists, this must be the year that the United States finally moves to guarantee paid leave for all workers.
It’s difficult in these divided times to find issues that Americans overwhelmingly agree on, but paid leave is one of them. Seventy-five percent of U.S. voters across party lines support a national paid family and medical leave policy, according to a survey conducted by Invest in America and Data for Progress. That includes 64% of Republicans and 91% of Democrats. In another survey, by the Global Strategy Group, 69% of likely voters across seven battleground states told pollsters they’d even be willing to pay more in taxes in exchange for the protection of a national law.
Why has paid leave generated such broad support? Probably because it solves a problem that is as universal as it gets. At some point in our lives, almost everyone who works will need time away from their job to take care of themselves or someone they love. A new baby, an aging parent, a sick family member, a startling diagnosis: these are constants of life. Workers want to know that when the inevitable happens, they’ll be able to stay connected to their jobs and maintain some financial security. At the same time, employers want to support their employees while attracting top talent, reducing turnover and boosting productivity—which is harder in a country that doesn’t help employers provide paid leave.