Politics SEIU launches $3M ad buy to promote American Jobs Plan
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The plan is the second piece of Biden's 'Build Back Better' economic agenda following the release of a $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan.Biden is set to formally introduce his American Families Plan at his first address before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night. It's the second piece of his "Build Back Better" economic agenda following the release of a $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan released earlier this month.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on Thursday launched $3 million in television ads to demand Congress pass the American Jobs Plan.
The union, which is the largest health care union and has two million members, will runin the Washington, D.C., Beltway area, as well as swing states Arizona, West Virginia, Colorado, Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia and Nevada to target the senators from those states.
"It's time to invest in care, to give working families the support they need and jumpstart our economy with good new jobs for caregivers," the ad says. "Congress, pass President Biden's plan and invest in care jobs now because care is essential."
The politics of going big
Women and people of color were crucial to Biden’s presidential win, and they’re crucial to his jobs plan.Taken together, President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan and newly introduced $1.8 trillion American Families Plan come out to slightly over $4 trillion in proposed new spending. It’s an enormous investment in American job creation; the last bipartisan infrastructure bill Congress passed in 2015 clocked in at about $305 billion — about one-thirteenth the size of Biden’s proposed plan. And Obama’s $800 billion stimulus plan of 2009 was about one-fifth of Biden’s plan, not even taking into account the $1.
Biden's plan invests $400 billion in home and community-based care in an effort to solidify infrastructure of the care economy by creating jobs for care workers. The investment would aim to create new jobs and offer caregivers a raise, strong benefits, and the ability to join a union.
"The vast majority of voters across party lines support the American Jobs Plan's $400 billion investment in home- and community-based care jobs. It's an economic game changer for an essential workforce made up predominantly of Black, Latina, Asian and immigrant women. And without the care they provide, the rest of our nation can't get back to work," Mary Kay Henry, SEIU president, told The Hill in a statement.
She called for Congress to quickly pass the plan to invest in union care jobs.
"Now is not the time for partisan politics or excuses-it's time to get this done. Voters are watching," she said.
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