INVEST IN AMERICA WEEKLY ROUNDUP

This week, Invest in America and Invest in America Action:

  • Launched a digital ad campaign, “BFD,” highlighting the landmark, economy-saving public investments in the American Rescue Plan, including $1,400 direct checks for millions; funding to ramp up Covid vaccinations, testing, and tracing; money to help schools reopen quickly and safely; and aid for state and local governments to keep essential workers on the job and continue delivering services in their communities.

  • Held a press call with expert economists including Economic Policy Institute Research Director Josh Bivens, former Federal Reserve Economist Claudia Sahm, and Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mark Paul, to discuss how the American Rescue Plan will boost GDP and push back on inflation fear-mongers.

  • Invest in America Senior Advisor Zac Petkanas published an op-ed with Data For Progress co-founder and Executive Director Sean McElwee discussing how it would be incredibly popular for our leaders to build on the success of the American Rescue Plan with additional large-scale public investments in infrastructure, clean energy, and manufacturing.

  • Released a virtual map with The Democracy Labs laying out all the ways that each state will benefit from the public investments in the American Rescue Plan.

HELP IS HERE ROUNDUP

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan’s robust public investment, Americans are receiving the support they deserve through $1,400 direct checks, state and local governments will ramp up vaccine distribution, safely reopen schools, and keep essential workers on the job, and millions more will have access to quality, affordable health care during a global pandemic.

The New York Times: Stimulus Bill Transforms Options For State and Local Governments
The biggest infusion of funds in decades will soon start, putting state, local and tribal governments in a situation they have not experienced in years: Items that had long seemed totally unaffordable are now well within reach.
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Mr. Dyer said his city had been weighing potential layoffs of more than 200 city employees, including police officers and firefighters, as it faced a $25 million budget deficit. But the bill put an end to any layoff discussions. Fresno, a city of 531,000, was poised to receive $177 million.
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“I think my residents know I don’t give a hoot about party — all I care about is making sure the street sweeper runs, the police show up and the water doesn’t stop,” said Acquanetta Warren, a Republican who is the mayor of Fontana, a working-class suburb east of Los Angeles set to receive $52 million.

The Wall Street Journal: Child-Care Providers Get Billions in Covid-19 Relief Law
The coronavirus relief law signed by President Biden last week pours nearly $50 billion into child care in a bid to keep struggling daycare centers from closing just as the people who rely on them return to work.
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But the law, in addition to $10 billion in assistance from December legislation, represents the largest one-time U.S. investment in child care, said Mario Cardona, chief of policy and practice at Child Care Aware of America, an advocacy group.
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A faster return to child care means a faster return to work and less disruption in parents’ career paths.

The New York Times: Small Piece of the Stimulus Has Ambitious Aim of Saving Mothers’ Lives
The United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths in the industrialized world. A third of those deaths happen after delivery, when a significant share of American women experience a gap in coverage.
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The American Rescue Plan will let states extend Medicaid coverage for a full year, and provides federal funding to do so. As with the enhanced child tax credit, expanding postpartum Medicaid is another stimulus policy that bolsters the safety net supporting low-income parents in the United States

Morning Consult: Among the Three Stimulus Packages, the Latest Has Led to the Fastest Rise in Consumer Confidence
During the five days since the signing of the American Rescue Plan, Morning Consult’s Index of Consumer Sentiment increased by 2.7 percent, compared to 0.1 and 0.7 percent increases five days after the signing of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in March and the $900 billion COVID relief package in December, respectively.
The rapid increase in confidence following the third stimulus bill reflects the size of the additional funds included in the third bill combined with the timeliness of those funds. The American Rescue Plan provides most Americans with $1,400 stimulus checks, larger than both of the checks provided in the previous rounds of stimulus.

The New York Times: Tribal Communities Set to Receive Big New Infusion of Aid
The $1.9 trillion stimulus package signed into law last week by Mr. Biden contains more than $31 billion for tribal governments and other federal programs to help Native populations, a record level of assistance intended to help bolster health care and a variety of other services in some of the nation’s poorest communities.
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The funds will mean tribal governments will be able to partly, or in some cases completely, offset revenue losses suffered during the pandemic, address health care shortcomings exposed by the virus and expand broadband access. The legislation also includes two separate grant funds for education programs for Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

The Wall Street Journal: U.S. to Give $10 Billion to Schools for Covid-19 Testing
The U.S. government plans to spend $10 billion in Covid-19 screening for schools, its latest step to increase testing nationwide and encourage schools to reopen for in-person learning.
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Funds to implement Covid-19 testing programs will further help assuage the fears of teachers hesitant to return to the classroom and of parents worried about the safety of their children, said Dan Domenech, executive director of the AASA, the Schools Superintendents Association, a national group representing superintendents.

The New York Times: Biden’s Aid Package Funnels Millions to Victims of Domestic Abuse
Tucked into President Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package are tens of millions of dollars for organizations dedicated to curtailing domestic abuse, which skyrocketed during the pandemic, as well as vouchers for people fleeing violence at home, to help them find safe shelter and rebuild their lives.
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Combating domestic abuse is in keeping with that theme. Experts say that intimate partner violence forces victims out of the labor market and leads to greater risk of poverty and homelessness. And abuse is a broad problem that affects one in four women, one in seven men and countless children, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
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Ms. Cottman called the acknowledgment from the Biden administration a huge moment of inflection. After years in which providers struggled to gain public attention and protect their meager budgets, they can begin to think bigger about how to help survivors.

NPR: COVID-19 Relief Package Includes Billions For Transportation Sector
About 30,000 pilots, flight attendants and other airline workers can tear up furlough notices. Federal stimulus money will help them keep their jobs, and transit agencies are getting a boost too.
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The relief bill includes $30 billion for transit. It also includes $1.7 billion for Amtrak, enough to bring 1,200 furloughed employees back to work and restore daily service on long-distance routes. And there’s funding to help states continue fixing crumbling roads and bridges, offsetting their lost gas tax revenue.

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