INVEST IN AMERICA WEEKLY ROUNDUP: MILLIONS OF WORKERS NEED THE AMERICAN JOBS & FAMILIES PLANS

This month’s jobs report is proof that millions of Americans desperately need the job-creating public investments in physical and human infrastructure in the American Jobs and Families Plans.

“Ask me again why we need the American Jobs and Families Plans.” 

—Invest in America Senior Advisor Zac Petkanas
This week, Invest in America and Invest in America Action:
  • Invest in America released a new digital ad, “Moonshot,” which evokes President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot speech to frame the American Jobs and Families Plans’ historic investments in clean energy, caregiving, infrastructure, and jobs as a modern-day moonshot that will propel the country to the forefront of the global economy.

  • Invest in America released two new polls with Data For Progress:
    • new poll found that 61% of voters, including 64% of Independents, support the American Families Plan by a +29 point margin and a majority of voters support every component of the package.
    • Another new poll found that voters overwhelmingly support President Biden’s American Jobs and Families Plans — regardless of whether they are passed through reconciliation — and support the American Families Plan no matter if it’s accompanied by a tax increase on the wealthy or adds to the national debt.
      • 63% of voters support the American Families Plan if it’s accompanied by raising taxes on the wealthy.
      • 57% of voters support the American Families Plan if it adds “to the national debt.”
      • majority of Independents support both options. 
      • 65% of voters would support passing the American Jobs Plan through reconciliation.
      • 57% of voters would support passing the American Families Plan through reconciliation.
  • Invest in America Action called out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who provided even more proof that it is time for the Biden administration and congressional Democrats to move forward and pass the American Jobs and Families Plans through reconciliation when he said, “100% of my focus is on stopping this new administration.” 
  • Invest in America Action criticized Minority Leader McConnell for his bad faith refusal to consider an infrastructure package unless it shifts the tax burden from corporations to the middle class, and strips key investments in schools, manufacturing, and care for the elderly.
  • Invest in America pushed back on inflation fearmongers attempting to undermine the push for major public investment in the nation’s physical and human infrastructure by uplifting economic experts who agree that inflation is not a major worry, and that, should it occur, the Federal Reserve has the tools to address the issue.
  • Ahead of President Biden’s visit to Louisiana, Invest in America Action called out Senator Bill Cassidy’s obstruction of the American Jobs Plan. Senator Cassidy told Democrats and the administration to “come where Republicans already are,” meaning to just pass their proposal that cuts $137 billion from schools, $580 billion from U.S. manufacturing, and $400 billion from elder care  while shifting the tax burden from corporations to the middle-class via “user fees” like tolls.

INVEST IN AMERICA COVERAGE

Politico: Biden is talking to Republicans, but for only so long
As vice president, Joe Biden was among those repeatedly pushing President Barack Obama to negotiate with Republicans on everything from health care to fiscal crises — even if it led to delays, watered-down policies or nothing at all.

But these days, Biden and his team, many of whom worked in the Obama administration, are taking a different approach: Talking to Republicans, yes, but doing so with more skepticism and firmer deadlines, according to six current and former Biden advisers and lawmakers.
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“We need only go back to the summer of 2009 to see how Republicans played Democrats for months with no intention of ever supporting a bill to deliver health care reform to millions,” said Zac Petkanas, senior adviser to Invest in America Action, a group supporting public investment.

The Hill: Economy adds 266K jobs in April, far below expectations
The U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent, an unexpectedly poor showing falling well below expectations.

The meager showing exposed unexpected gaps in a recovery that some economists were fretting would “overheat” by recovering too quickly.
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“Ask me again why we need the American Jobs and Families Plans,” said Zac Petkanas, a senior adviser for Invest in America, a group advocating for major infrastructure investments.

Data For Progress: Voters Want To Pass President Joe Biden’s Agenda
As part of a survey conducted in late April 2021, Invest in America and Data for Progress surveyed likely voters nationally to test support for the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan. 

We find that a majority of likely voters support the American Families Plan, as well as each individual component of this proposed legislation. We also find that likely voters are flexible in how to pay for the American Families Plan—a majority of likely voters support paying for it by raising taxes on wealthy Americans and a majority of likely voters support paying for it by increasing the national deficit. Notably, a majority of self-identified independents support both pay-for schemes. 

In addition, we find that broad majorities of likely voters—across self-identified partisan lines—support passing both the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan even after being told this may require the use of reconciliation, allowing the proposals to pass with only 51 votes in the Senate. 

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