INVEST IN AMERICA WEEKLY ROUNDUP

  • Invest in America released a poll with Data for Progress, which demonstrates that a large bipartisan majority of voters would have a more favorable outlook on Congressional Democrats and President Biden if they can pass the Build Back Better plan. Additionally, the poll found that a broad majority of voters support the Build Back Better agenda and believe it will create jobs for all Americans, including Americans without college degrees. Key findings include:  :
    • 52% of voters, including 50% of Independents, would view Democrats in Congress more favorably if they pass the Build Back Better Act.

    • 67% of voters, including 89% of Democrats, 64% of Independents, and 45% of Republicans, support passing the Build Back Better Act.

    • 58% of voters, including 54% of Independents, would support President Biden’s support of the middle class if the Build Back Better Act is passed.

    • 59% of voters, including 54% of Independents, would support President Biden’s handling of health care if the Build Back Better Act is passed.

  • Invest in America Action hosted a press conference with moderate and progressive leaders to urge Congress to come together and pass both the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, featuring Third Way Co-founder and Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Matt Bennett and Data for Progress Co-Founder and Executive Director Sean McElwee. The speakers discussed new polling from Invest in America and Data for Progress demonstrating Democrats’ political success depends on delivering the Build Back Better Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal to Americans. Listen to a recording here.

    • Matt Bennett, Third Way: What we’re here to emphasize is the political imperative of getting these bills — both of them — across the finish line. If Democrats and the President can get these bills passed and signed, they will show Americans that they can successfully govern and accomplish what they were sent to Washington to do.

    • Sean McElwee, Data for Progress: The sooner we can get these bills finalized and get a set of impactful programs for Americans, the sooner we can message those, unified as a party, to both our base and the independent and swing voters. That’s why there is real urgency around getting this across the finish line.
  • Invest in America released a factsheet on how the Build Back Better Act’s investments would help to solve major economic issues that disproportionately harm women, including a lack of access to child care, paid family and medical leave, affordable housing, affordable prescription drugs, and more. All of these factors have brought women’s participation in the workforce is at its lowest level since 1988.

  • Invest in America highlighted data from the weekly unemployment report, noting that while the American Rescue Plan has brought jobless claims to a new pandemic low, Americans are still eagerly awaiting the passage of both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Act to create millions of jobs and further strengthen the economy.

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Sean McElwee of the progressive pollster Data for Progress cautioned that protracted infighting would not only damage the bill’s prospects on Capitol Hill, but also risk alienating voters in the medium and long term.

“The longer we are sort of talking about this bill, instead of actually talking about the benefits that we’re delivering to voters, the longer we’re talking about what we’re cutting instead of what we are delivering to the middle class, the worse off we are,” he told reporters on a call on Wednesday.

Matt Bennett, co-founder of the centrist Democratic think-tank Third Way, agreed.

“The more time we spend seeming to dither and to argue among ourselves, the harder it is going to be turn the political ship around,” Bennett said.

“Most of the discussion about what’s in and what’s out [of the package] has been a Beltway conversation,” Bennett added. “Voters are not tracking this every single minute . . . what they are going to know is what is in the final package, if it is passed, because that is what Democrats will go out and sell to them.”

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