PRESS RELEASE: SEN. HEINRICH, FMR SECRETARY JOHN KING, ADVOCATES JOIN INVEST IN AMERICA TO DISCUSS HOW AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN DELIVERS FOR KIDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2021

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SEN. HEINRICH, FMR SECRETARY JOHN KING, ADVOCATES JOIN INVEST IN AMERICA TO DISCUSS HOW AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN DELIVERS FOR KIDS

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM): “I can’t think of anything in my career so far that will have the impact on children that the American Rescue Plan will have”

Former Education Secretary John B. King, Jr.: “The American Rescue Plan is a shift in how the country values its children”

Children’s Defense Fund Poverty Policy Director Emma Mehrabi: “The American Rescue Plan will put cash directly into the hands of children and their families to help them put food on the table, keep the lights on, and keep children safely housed”

New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director James Jimenez: “Thinking back on some of the most consequential pieces of legislation that has impacted New Mexico children’s wellbeing, the American Rescue Plan has to be right at the top”

Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Will Cut Child Poverty in Half in the Short Term; Boost Test Scores, College Enrollment, Health Prospects, and Future Earnings Potential for a Generation of Children in the Long Term

Urban Institute: COVID-19’s Disproportionate Effects on Children of Color Will Challenge the Next Generation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Invest in America held a press conference discussing how the American Rescue Plan’s public investment will slash child poverty and create long term economic opportunity for children across the country.

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), former Education Secretary John B. King, Jr., Children’s Defense Fund Poverty Policy Director Emma Mehrabi, and New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director James Jimenez made the following statements on a press conference hosted by Invest in America:

“There’s no greater investment that we can make than to invest in the early years of our children’s development,” said Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). “We’ve learned the hard way over the years that if you don’t make these kinds of investments in people, in families, and in small businesses, that the impacts of an extreme event like Covid or a financial crisis linger in the economy. We made the right decision this time to not take an austerity mindset so that we can get the economy going the way it should be. I can’t think of anything in my career so far that will have the impact on children that the American Rescue Plan will have.”

“The American Rescue Plan is a shift in how the country values its children,” said John B. King, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Education under President Obama. “This bill was so essential because of the equity disaster that Covid has been for kids and families. We see it in food insecurity, we see it in housing insecurity, we see it in the disparate health and economic impact of Covid on communities of color. All of that has an impact on kids. Hopefully this is not only a moment of responding to a crisis, but a New Deal moment where we say that we truly have to build back better.”

“Expanding the Child Tax Credit as outlined in the American Rescue Plan will dramatically help reduce child poverty, boost income security, and advance racial equity for so many of our children and their families,” said Emma Mehrabi, director of poverty policy for the Children’s Defense Fund. “This is not just about helping kids in poverty, it’s also about investing in our children. The American Rescue Plan will put cash directly into the hands of children and their families to help them put food on the table, keep the lights on, and keep children safely housed. As a society, we have a responsibility to help the next generation of kids — to help them flourish and thrive. Countless studies have shown that broad and generous income support helps boost educational attainment, helps physical and mental health of the kids, and helps employment and wages in the long term.”

“Here in New Mexico, as a majority people-of-color state where 1 in 4 children are living in poverty, we have seen a dramatic negative impact from this pandemic on the lives of children and families,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “The American Rescue Plan is a moral statement about the importance of investing in our children. Thinking back on some of the most consequential pieces of legislation that have impacted New Mexico children’s wellbeing, the American Rescue Plan has to be right at the top. The bill’s unemployment insurance, housing and food assistance, cash, and child and health care assistance finally demonstrate that the U.S. Congress has prioritized children.”

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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