President Biden’s ‘Big, Bold, Extensive’ American Jobs Plan Will Build Our Economy Back Better
April 1, 2021
President Biden yesterday unveiled the American Jobs Plan, a once-in-a-generation investment in America that will create millions of good-paying jobs, improve American competitiveness, and grow our economy.
As the reviews come in, one thing is clear: Biden’s plan will create good-paying union jobs, invest in Americans and deliver the jobs and opportunities they deserve, and reduce the impacts of climate change.
Senator Elizabeth Warren: “We can create good-paying American jobs—and fight the climate crisis at the same time—by investing in American-made clean, renewable, and emission-free energy products. That’s part of the Biden-Harris #AmericanJobsPlan.”
National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo: “The @POTUS #AmericanJobsPlan is brave, thoughtful & necessary, rooted in values of equity & dignity, building our infrastructure & economic resilience, lifting up workers across sectors, especially care workers who are overwhelmingly women & women of color.”
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) President Robert Martinez Jr.: “The infrastructure package introduced today will impact generations of America’s working families by creating good union jobs that offer decent wages and benefits. The hope this administration brings to America’s workforce stands in stark contrast to where we were a year ago when thousands of our members’ lives were turned upside down due to the pandemic and devastating layoffs. The program introduced today is yet another welcome initiative by the Biden administration that will build back better our vital manufacturing and transportation sectors.”
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: “Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to repairing, rebuilding and restoring our country. Working people are continuing to bear the brunt of the greatest national crisis since the Great Depression, and any just recovery will require unprecedented federal investments in the working communities that have lost the most.”
United Auto Workers’ President Rory L. Gamble: “The UAW believes President Biden’s policies will restore fairness in our economy while promoting domestic manufacturing and quality union jobs today and in the future.”
Former Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jason Furman: “Overall I quite like the American Jobs Plan. It is a serious proposal that would help increase economic growth, ensure growth was more fair, and raise additional revenue in a broadly reasonable manner.”
CNN: “’Decades overdue.’ Transportation industry cheers Biden’s infrastructure plan”
Reuters: “The proposals, which must still be debated and approved by Congress before becoming reality, drew cheers from the renewable energy industry and some environmentalists, along with criticism oil and gas drillers. ‘President Biden’s infrastructure proposal is a significant step in meeting our collective clean energy goals,’ Solar Energy Industries Association Chief Executive Abigail Ross Hopper said in a statement. The American Council on Renewable Energy said the plan ‘will move the clean energy sector beyond the endless cycles of temporary stopgap incentives.’”
Wall Street Journal: “Auto manufacturers, semiconductor makers and fiber-optic companies. Renewable-energy producers, pharmaceutical developers, home builders and construction firms. President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan touches an array of American businesses and industries. Many companies stand to benefit from an infusion of federal funds—especially those deemed vital for addressing climate change. … The trucking industry would be a major beneficiary of repaired roads, and the American Trucking Associations praised the administration for spending on highways.”
TechCrunch: “The sweeping infrastructure package put forward today by President Joe Biden comes with a price tag of roughly $2 trillion (and hefty tax hikes), but gives startups and the broader tech industry about $1 trillion worth of reasons to support it.”
Washington Post: “President Biden’s infrastructure plan would turbocharge the country’s transition from fossil fuels, using the muscle and vast resources of the federal government to intervene in electricity markets, speed the growth of solar and wind energy, and foster technological breakthroughs in clean power.”