While Republicans Continue to Prioritize Wall Street, Democratic Lawmakers Must Stand Up for Main Streets in Rural America and Pass The American Jobs Plan
Columbus, OH—The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org in response to reports that Republicans plan to uniformly oppose the Joe Biden Jobs Plan.
Rural voters are tired of the endless stream of broken promises on infrastructure. The past administration turned it into a running joke. But, it was never funny. Not only do the vast majority of American voters support The American Jobs Plan but a clear majority think ambitious proposals like this should be paid for by raising taxes on the wealthy and on corporations.
American workers are the most critical piece of our infrastructure and know that it’s not just about building roads, bridges, locks and dams or upgrading public transportation like buses and trains and investments in clean energy infrastructure, like solar panels and wind turbines. We need new job training programs for those left behind by closed coal mines and power plants and expanded high speed internet access across the country. We need affordable childcare options and expanded family and medical leave for all workers.
While some Republicans, like South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, are attacking the American Jobs Plan by making absurd claims that “housing and pipes” aren’t infrastructure, others, like Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst, are open and upfront about their opposition to corporations paying higher taxes. For years, Republicans claimed to stand with small towns and rural communities, but the jig is up. The fight for the The American Jobs Plan is a fight between Wall Street donors and Main Street America and now we know where Republicans firmly stand.
There’s no investment in infrastructure without raising taxes on corporations. We just learned that over 50 of the largest corporations paid nothing in federal income tax. Zero. So while Republicans like to talk about the need for highway and bridge construction, watch how they do everything possible to undermine this legislation because they are beholden to their Wall Street donors.
It’s up to Democrats to provide solutions. Biden’s infrastructure proposal would be a boon for rural America. It invests in people and their real life needs. Democrats should let Republicans prioritize the wishes of big corporations over the small farms and the small businesses that are the bedrock of rural economies.
At RuralOrganizing.org, we believe that increased investments in infrastructure, from bridges to broadband and so much more, are vital to restoring rural prosperity. Rural communities understand this. We strongly support the American Jobs Act and look forward to its passage - with or without Republican support.
The mission of RuralOrganizing.org is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.