PRESS RELEASE: STATEMENT: JOBLESS CLAIMS HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR BUILD BACK BETTER INVESTMENTS TO REACH FULL ECONOMIC STRENGTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
September 16, 2021

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Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director

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STATEMENT: JOBLESS CLAIMS HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR BUILD BACK BETTER INVESTMENTS TO REACH FULL ECONOMIC STRENGTH

Moody’s Chief Economist Mark Zandi: The Bipartisan Plan And The Build Back Better Agenda Together Will “Lift The Economy’s Longer-term Growth Potential And Ease Inflation Pressures”

POLLING61% of Voters — including 58% of Independents — Support Passing the $3.5T Build Back Better Plan Through Reconciliation.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, 332,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits, according to the latest data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While jobless claims have trended downward since the passage of the American Rescue Plan, Americans are still eagerly awaiting the passage of both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda to create millions of jobs and further strengthen the economy.

With the August recess over, passing the Build Back Better agenda is more popular and necessary than ever, with Nobel laureate economistssmall business leaders, and a broad majority of voters all agreeing that passing the plan will be essential in strengthening the economy.

Invest in America’s spokesperson Maddy McDaniel issued the following statement:

“This jobless claims report shows that there is still work to do before we can reach a full economic recovery. Although the American Rescue Plan has been essential in getting Americans back to work, we need greater public investment to build on the momentum of this historic economic recovery and create a better economy for all of our communities.

“Americans are counting on Congress to pass the Build Back Better agenda to create millions of good-paying jobs, lower costs on key expenses like prescription drugs, and cut taxes for middle-class families. By passing the plan, we’ll bring the American economy to its full capacity and ensure that we don’t leave a single job on the table.”

Economists are available to discuss the implications of this week’s jobless claims — reach out to [email protected] to get in touch.

The investments in President Biden’s full Build Back Better agenda will create millions of jobs, lower costs, and lower taxes for middle class families. 

  • The Build Back Better agenda will create millions of jobs: 

  • The Build Back Better agenda will lower taxes for middle class families: 

    • It will expand the Child Tax Credit, lowering taxes for middle class families by providing 39 million households and nearly 90% of children in the U.S. a major tax cut and cutting the child poverty rate in half.

  • The Build Back Better agenda will lower costs for working people:  

    • It will lower prescription drug costs for Americans by letting Medicare negotiate drug prices, so consumers are no longer at the whim of pharmaceutical companies.

    • It will lower child care costs — which cost parents $30-35 billion in income before the pandemic. Access to affordable child care could increase the lifetime earnings for women with children by nearly $100,000.

    • It will lower health care costs and premiums for those buying coverage through the ACA by extending the American Rescue Plan’s cost savings; adding dental, vision, and hearing coverage to Medicare; and closing the Medicaid gap for low-income Americans.

    • It will lower education costs by making two years of community college tuition-free and making universal preschool a reality.

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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