PRESS RELEASE: REPUBLICANS PLAN TO STONEWALL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING THEY CALLED FOR IN 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2021

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REPUBLICANS PLAN TO STONEWALL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING THEY CALLED FOR IN 2020

New ReportRepublican Lawmakers Agree: Investments In Infrastructure Overdue And Critical For Economic Growth & Recovery

69% of Voters, Including 65% of Independents and 50% of Republicans, Support A Multi-Trillion Dollar Build Back Better Plan To Invest In American Infrastructure

Charleston City Councilman Dickie Schweers“Where was that opposition when Trump was pushing stimulus? It concerns me we’re principled when our party’s not in office … It’s only pork if it’s another person’s pork. That really is the way it works.”

WASHINGTON, DC — Last week, President Biden unveiled The American Jobs Plan, a one-in-a-generation infrastructure investment that will create millions of high-paying jobs, revitalize the blue-collar economy, modernize the nation’s infrastructure, and accelerate economic recovery from Covid-19.

In response, Congressional Republicans have pledged to fight the bill “every step of the way.” A new report from Invest in America shows that throughout 2020, Republican leaders in Congress advocated for many of the same robust investments in infrastructure that are now in the American Jobs Plan.

“Last year, Republicans in Congress were eager to pass robust infrastructure investments like the ones in the American Jobs Plan,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “Their refusal to come to the table in the new administration is proof that Republicans have zero interest in working across the aisle or negotiating in good faith. If congressional Republicans continue to stonewall these crucial public investments, President Biden and Democrats in Congress will have no choice but to move forward without them.”

From the Invest In America Report:

Republican leaders have advocated for a robust investment in infrastructure as part of the economic recovery from the pandemic.  

  • Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

    • “I want to do infrastructure […] It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give a facelift to the country.” [Forbes, 5/21/20]

  • Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)

    • “Personally, I’d like to see infrastructure. I’m probably closer to where the President is on that topic than where a number of my colleagues are.” [CNN, 5/20/20]

  • Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)

    • “I’ve advocated [a new infrastructure spending bill] for years […] I wish we had already done it. It could be, long-term, as meaningful as anything we could do, but I want to see the particulars.” [The Hill, 6/17/20]

  • Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)
    • “Wicker said the Senate needs to ‘seriously consider putting part of the infrastructure bill’ in the next phase [of Covid relief], along with potentially providing aid to ailing industries, including tourism and restaurants.” [CNN, 5/20/20]
  • Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
    • “I think there are areas where we can do something. Rural broadband is very popular among many of my colleagues.” [The Hill, 6/17/20]
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
    • “The energy industry is an important component of how we move to this phase of economic recovery […] An opportunity to update and modernize our energy policies in a way that benefits us all is something I hope we can all agree on.” [Office of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Press Release, 6/19/20]
  • Representative Sam Graves (R-MO-06)
    • “Infrastructure always has been and always will be the backbone of our economy. Congress can help provide a strong economic recovery and a strong economic future by working in partnership – not partisanship – to address America’s infrastructure needs.” [House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, 4/1/20]

Read the full report here.

According to an Invest in America and Data For Progress poll, there is already widespread support for a multi-trillion dollar investment in repairing and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure.

  • 69% of Voters, including 65% of Independents and 50% of Republicans, support a multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better plan to invest in American infrastructure.
  • More than 60% of voters support every potential provision of a multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better Plan in areas including repairing roads, bridges, drinking water systems and public transportation, and investing in clean energy.
  • 52% of voters believe infrastructure investments will drive economic growth, create good-paying jobs, and pay for itself in the long run.
  • 53% of voters believe Republicans should work with, rather than obstruct, President Biden to pass the Build Back Better plan.

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

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