In order to dismantle systemic racism, cultivate inclusive community, root our economy in solidarity, and transform our politics, we must make the investments put forth in the American Jobs and Families Plans.
We need long term change to Build Anew and create systems that work for everyone in our nation. NETWORK’s Build Anew agenda calls for federal policies that improve the wellbeing of communities and allow people to thrive — especially those most often left out: women, people of color, people on the economic margins, and those at the intersections of these identities. In order to dismantle systemic racism, cultivate inclusive community, root our economy in solidarity, and transform our politics, we must make the investments put forth in the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan.
President Biden’s American Jobs and Families Plans Will Help Us Build Anew
According to the Biden Administration, the American Jobs Plan will “deliver the jobs and opportunities” American deserve and will address “long-standing and persistent racial injustice.” The overall goals of the American Jobs Plan are:
- Building strong transportation infrastructure by fixing highways, rebuilding bridges, and upgrading ports, airports, and transit systems
- Building clean drinking water infrastructure and a renewed electric grid, along with providing high-speed broadband to everyone in the U.S.
- Building, preserving and retrofitting over 2 million homes and commercial buildings, modernizing schools and hospitals
- Raising wages and benefits for essential home care workers
- Creating quality jobs with just wages in safe work environments where workers can freely organize and join unions
- Implementing the Made in America Tax Plan to create a just corporate tax code and ensure wealthy individuals and corporations pay their fair share
According to the Biden Administration, the American Families Plan will improve life for families in the U.S. and will be “inclusive of gender, race, or place of residence – urban, suburban, or rural.” The overall goals of the American Families Plan are:
- Closing education equity gaps by providing at least four years of free public education, including universal pre-school, and offering free community college
- Providing direct support to children and families by making child care accessible and affordable, implementing a paid family and medical leave program, and expanding summer EBT and SNAP eligibility
- Creating tax cuts for families and workers by extending ACA premiums tax credits, extending the Child Tax Credit for five years, making the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless workers permanent, and increasing tax credits for child care
- Implementing tax reforms such as increasing the top tax rate on the wealthiest people in the U.S. and ending capital income tax breaks and other loopholes to ensure the wealthy pay their fair share
- Broadband: NETWORK knows that access to broadband is an absolute necessity, and a matter of racial and economic justice. Learn more about broadband improvements in the American Jobs Plan.
- Housing: To honor the human dignity of every person, NETWORK affirms that housing should be a right in this country. Learn more about the capital investments proposed in the American Jobs Plan.
- Tax Justice: NETWORK supports proposals to roll back tax cuts in the 2017 GOP Tax Law. Learn more about changes to the tax code in the American Families Plan. NETWORK also has been advocating for expansion of the Child Tax Credit. Learn more about how the CTC will cut childhood poverty in half.
Investments in the American Jobs Plan
Transportation: $621 billion
-Public transit: $85 billion
-Reversing historic inequities: $20 billion
Home and community based care: $400 billion
Education and child care facilities: $137 billion
-Public schools: $100 billion
-Child care: $25 billion
-Community colleges: $12 billion
Housing: $213 billion
-Public housing: $40 billion
-Neighborhood Homes Investment Act: $20 billion
-Affordable, energy-efficient housing, eliminating exclusionary zoning laws: $126 billion
Drinking water: $111 billion
-Clean water infrastructure grants: $56 billion
-Replace lead pipes and service lines: $45 billion
High-speed broadband: $100 billion
Workforce development: $100 billion
Research and Development: $180 billion
Power infrastructure: $100 billion
Federal Facilities: $28 billion
Manufacturing and small business: $300 billion
Infrastructure resilience: $50 billion
Investments in the American Families Plan
Paid Family and Medical Leave Program: $225 billion
Child Care: $225 billion
Nutrition Assistance: $45 billion
Unemployment Insurance Reform: $25 billion