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- Invest in America launched a new digital ad titled “What They’re Not Telling You…,” which highlights how President Biden’s American Rescue Plan is delivering for middle-class Americans one year after its passage. The digital ad uses a sarcastic tone to mock far-right “news” outlets and highlights that, thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the US has seen the strongest year of economic growth in its history, and calls for further public investments. Watch the digital ad here.
Invest in America and Small Business for America’s Future hosted a Zoom press call with Ohio elected officials and small business owners, featuring Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rep. Shontel Brown (D-OH), and small business owners Anne Zimmerman and Todd Hamblin. The speakers emphasized that the American Rescue Plan prioritized Main Street and local businesses, and made calls to continue supporting small businesses across the country.
Following the press call, Invest in America released a report highlighting how the American Rescue Plan helped Ohio small businesses through the pandemic with programs including the Paycheck Protection Program, Restaurant Revitalization Fund, and Shuttered Venue Operators Grants. You can read the report here.
Invest in America hosted a Zoom press call with advocates and economic experts to discuss last month’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) report, featuring AARP’s Bill Sweeney, CAP’s Emily R. Gee, PhD, and the Roosevelt Institute’s Lauren Melodia. The speakers emphasized the need to lower key costs that American families face, like prescription drugs, health care, and energy, by making key investments in workers and families. They also discussed how the policies in President Biden’s agenda would address many of these concerns. You can watch the call here.
Invest in America released a poll with Data for Progress, which demonstrates that a wide majority of voters still supports the American Rescue Plan on the one-year anniversary of its passage. The poll also found that a majority of voters believe the law, which was passed by Democratic lawmakers without any votes from Republican lawmakers, positively affected small businesses, school environments, families, and health care. Key findings include:
68% of voters, including 91% of Democrats, 71% of Independents, and 41% of Republicans, support the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law in March 2021.
57% of voters, including 82% of Democrats and 60% of Independents, believe that the American Rescue Plan helped families by providing stimulus checks, food assistance, and expanding the child tax credit for all low- and middle-income parents.
56% of voters, including 80% of Democrats and 59% of Independents, believe that the American Rescue Plan helped healthcare by increasing funding for states’ Medicaid programs, providing tax credits for businesses offering paid sick leave, and expanding coronavirus testing and vaccinations.
Invest in America released its “Beyond the Beltway” newsletter, a weekly highlight roundup of public investment projects in action. This week’s newsletter highlighted projects funded by the American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal in Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, West Virginia, and California, which will expand high-speed internet in rural areas, increase funding to schools and school health clinics, improve water infrastructure, and more.
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In a Tuesday press call, Brown said he’s sure Congress will extend the child tax credit.
“It’s going to happen, and I hope it’s going to happen in a bipartisan way,” said Brown. “My interest is getting it done for over a million Ohio families.”
U.S. Rep. Shontel Brown, a Warrensville Heights Democrat, said more than 70,000 households in her district benefitted from the tax credit, getting an average of of $435 each month that took care of utilities or rent or put food on the table.
“I agree with Sen. Brown that nothing is off the table,” Shontel Brown said during the press call. “We have to do everything that we can, especially during these unprecedented times to make sure that we pass and expand the child tax credit”
Northwest Signal: American Rescue Plan touted ahead of anniversary
Small businesses around Ohio and the nation were saved by funding from the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law one year ago this Friday.
“The bill rushed critical COVID supplies to hospitals and first responders, it boosted vaccine distribution and supported state and local governments,” said Jack Miller of Invest in America.
The Bernardsville News: Rep. Malinowski, Sen. Booker talk about investing in America with the Main Street Alliance
Invest in America.
That’s what Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., were speaking about during a Zoom forum with the Main Street Alliance held on Thursday, March 3.
Invest in America is a campaign-style operation to influence the national debate in favor of robust public investment — from tackling the coronavirus crisis, to rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, to investing in the needs of working families, to creating long-term economic growth.
“Small business drives the country,” Sen. Booker said. “We need small business to succeed.”
Patch New Jersey: Lukoil Boycott In NJ Would Endanger 1,200 Jobs, Group Says
Are you a New Jersey driver planning on boycotting Lukoil gas stations to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine? There’s something you should consider first, according to an industry group: it could be putting a local Garden State resident out of work … Many people have expressed support for such U.S.-based sanctions against Russia and Putin, including Sen. Cory Booker, a Newark resident, and Rep. Tom Malinowski (District 7). Speaking at a roundtable sponsored by Invest in America Now, the federal lawmakers said that employees of the Lukoil gas stations in Newark and in more than 100 other locations across the state will likely be able to find new jobs amid a high demand for labor, the New Jersey Globe reported.
About 75% of the inflation seen in February came from three sectors: food, energy, and housing, says Lauren Melodia, deputy director of macroeconomic analysis at the Roosevelt Institute.