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Statement on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

March 31, 2021
Contact: Juan Ramiro Sarmiento
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Statement on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Biden Administration will release the framework for a $2 trillion American Jobs Plan. The American Jobs Plan is focused on making infrastructure investments to create millions of jobs while tackling climate change and income inequality. This is the second pandemic recovery bill.

In response Jesse Barba, Senior Director of External Affairs for Young Invincibles issued the following statement:

“On the heels of passing the American Rescue Plan, the American Jobs Plan takes serious steps towards ensuring a just and equitable recovery that serves all people. But this is just a framework. A framework that must be strengthened to meet the scale, urgency, and inequities of the challenges facing our nation. We need to be bold.

As the nation recovers, the benefits of this package must be targeted in a way that generates greater equity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, immigration status, and zip code. Young people are still struggling and have the highest unemployment rates of any age group.

While this bill focuses on ‘hard infrastructure,’ it misses the mark on ‘human infrastructure’ needs. We need a comprehensive package that makes college accessible and affordable to all; advances towards universal health care; modernizes our unemployment insurance and workforce development systems; creates a pathway to citizenship for essential workers and their families, young immigrants, and TPS holders; and ends poverty as we know it. These changes will not only help our nation recover but also lead to dignified jobs and long-term shared prosperity.”

$621 billion for transportation, with a huge chunk of that ($174 billion) going to spurring the electric-vehicle market.
$100 billion for high-speed broadband.
$213 billion to “produce, preserve, and retrofit more than two million affordable and sustainable places to live.”
$137 billion for public schools, community colleges, and child-care facilities.
$100 billion for workforce development.
$400 billion for “expanding access to quality, affordable home- or community-based care for aging relatives and people with disabilities.”