LOCAL NEWS: Better Bridges, More Jobs on the Way Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

18 Jan

In case you missed it, on Friday, President Biden announced $27 billion in funding to fix 15,000 bridges across the country in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Tribal communities thanks to his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. With this announcement, bridges will become safer and more usable, and small towns and rural areas will have better access to essential services and businesses – all while creating good-paying jobs. 

Take a look at what they’re reading across the country about Friday’s announcement: 

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DNC Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

17 Jan
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and Chair of the DNC’s Black Caucus Virgie M. Rollins released the following statement:

“For so many of us, Martin Luther King’s story and the movement he started has driven us to stand taller, push back harder, and advocate louder for the rights we know we deserve. A champion of justice, equality, and service, his story is intricately tied to voting rights in this country. As Republican state legislatures across the country continue to introduce suppressive voting laws that echo the time of Jim Crow, today especially we must take to heart the words and example of Martin Luther King. 

“Under the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris, the Senate is currently debating legislation that would protect and expand those rights that Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement fought for. To honor Martin Luther King on this day and not vote for this legislation that would ensure voting access for every American is a disservice to his legacy. Invoking Martin Luther King’s name is a call to do what is necessary to ensure justice and equality. 

“Martin Luther King in his letter from a Birmingham jail had a quote that lives with us. He said, ‘We will have to repent in this generation, not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.’ It’s time for the good people of this nation to stand up to these attempts to suppress voting rights in the country.”
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Los puentes a lo largo y ancho del país recibirán mejoras gracias a la Ley de Infraestructura Bipartidista del presidente Biden

14 Jan

Hoy, el presidente Biden anunció que 27 mil millones de dólares en fondos serán destinados a reemplazar, reparar y rehabilitar puentes en todo el país: en los 50 estados, D.C., Puerto Rico y los gobiernos tribales, durante los próximos cinco años. Estas inversiones crearán empleos bien remunerados, respaldarán la fabricación nacional y las cadenas de suministro, y posicionarán a los Estados Unidos para ganar la competencia económica del siglo XXI. Este último anuncio, que ayudará a ejecutar el programa de construcción de puentes más grande en 70 años, se produce solo 60 días después de que el presidente firmara la Ley de Infraestructura Bipartidista.

Esta inversión única en una generación no solo beneficiará a los puentes del país, toda la infraestructura nacional se verá revitalizada, las tuberías del plomo serán reemplazadas a nivel nacional y las familias estadounidense tendrán acceso a internet de alta velocidad. Es importante recordar que una abrumadora mayoría de republicanos en la Casa de Representantes, el 94 %, voto en contra de esta ley, gracias al liderazgo del presidente Biden y los demócratas la ley de Infraestructura Bipartidista producirá resultados concretos que mejoran las vidas de cientos de millones de personas.

Da aquí un vistazo a más titulares en medios en espanol, que destacan los muchos beneficios de la Ley de Infraestructura Bipartidista del presidente Biden a la nación y los estados:

AP News en español: EEUU invierte 27.000 millones para reparar 15.000 puentes
Telemundo: El gobierno lanza programa de reparaciones de puentes, carreteras y aeropuertos

Florida: El Nuevo Herald: ¿Cuánto recibirá la Florida para arreglar sus puentes con la ley de infraestructura de Biden?
Massachusetts: Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra: Massachusetts recibe $1,120 millones para reconstruir y reemplazar puentes
Alabama: Notiulti: A medida que fluye el dinero de la Infraestructura, las mejoras en aguas residuales son clave
Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día: Gobierno de Biden pone en marcha el programa que asigna $225 millones para reparar puentes en Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico: EFE Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico recibe 8 millones para mejoras en aeropuertos de la isla
Puerto Rico: La Perla del Sur: Anuncian $270 millones en fondos federales para reparar puentes en Puerto Rico

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Americans Agree with President Biden’s Policies, So Why Do Republicans Oppose Them?

14 Jan

Several new polls released this week confirmed what we’ve been saying for months: Americans overwhelmingly support President Biden and Democrats’ policies on vaccine requirements and voting rights. So while Republican lawmakers are busy pushing their anti-science agenda, prolonging the pandemic, and passing anti-voter legislation, President Biden remains laser focused on delivering for the American people. 

Republicans have spent months fighting vaccine requirements and prolonging the pandemic, but that’s clearly not what Americans want. According to a new Navigator poll, Americans broadly support vaccine requirements, and net support for requirements has actually increased, including among Republicans.

Navigator Research: “Americans are more concerned about people getting sick and staffing shortages than imposing government mandates.”

Navigator Research: “A majority of Americans (57%) support vaccine mandates to slow the spread of coronavirus, and 2 in 3 support vaccine mandates in at least one situation.”

Americans also support President Biden and Democrats’ plan to protect voting rights, which is designed to counteract the restrictive voting laws being passed by Republicans across the country. 

Navigator Research: “More than 3 in 5 Americans support the passage of the Freedom to Vote Act, up a net 6 points from October.”

Politico/Morning Consult: “What about the Democrats’ Freedom to Vote Act, which will be brought up this week in the Senate? Many of its core provisions receive majority support:

— Expanding access to early voting: 65% support, 23% oppose
— Prohibiting partisan gerrymandering: 64% support, 19% oppose
— Making it illegal to prevent someone from registering to vote: 62% support, 24% oppose
— Making Election Day a federal holiday: 61% support, 26% oppose
— Expanding same-day voter registration: 56% support, 30% oppose
— Expanding access to voting by mail: 55% support, 35% oppose
— Allowing Americans with prior criminal convictions to vote: 54% support, 32% oppose
— Expanding automatic voter registration: 51% support, 33% oppose”

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REMINDER: 94% of House Republicans Voted AGAINST Funding to Fix Our Bridges

14 Jan

We here at the DNC War Room are old enough to remember when President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed two months ago, and we also remember that 94% of House Republicans voted AGAINST it. Not only did they vote against critical funding for broadband, clean water, roads, and transit, but they also voted against the more than $27 billion President Biden just announced to help local communities repair and replace thousands of bridges in desperate need. 

Today, President Biden announced a new program that will invest nearly $27 billion from his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help states and tribes fix thousands of bridges across the country. 

Associated Press: “Biden administration launches program to fix 15,000 bridges”

ABC News: “President Joe Biden will announce a nearly $27 billion investment Friday to fund repairs and replace bridges in need.”

CNN: “The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration is launching the Bridge Formula Program, which will provide $26.5 billion to states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico over the next five years, as well as $825 million for tribal bridges, according to a senior administration official.”

Washington Post: “The administration said the funding represents the biggest federal investment in bridges since the creation of the interstate system.”

But the overwhelming majority – 94% – of House Republicans voted AGAINST this funding, which will fix bridges in their own states and districts. 

HuffPost: “Only 13 House Republicans voted for the bill, which includes funding for roads, bridges, highways, railways and ports.”

USA Today: “House GOP members who voted for infrastructure bill face backlash from Republican colleagues”

Insider: “GOP lawmakers want to punish the 13 Republicans who voted for Biden’s infrastructure bill by kicking them off congressional committees, report says”

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IN THE STATES: Improvements Coming To Bridge Near You, Driven By President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

14 Jan

Today, President Biden announced $27 billion in funding is going to replace, repair, and rehabilitate bridges across the country in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Tribal governments over the next five years. These investments will create good-paying jobs, support domestic manufacturing and supply chains, and position the United States to win the economic competition for the 21st century. This latest announcement – which will help deliver the largest bridge construction program in 70 years – comes just 60 days after the President signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Take a look at local coverage of today’s announcement: 

But it’s not just crumbling bridges that are seeing improvements thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This once in a generation investment will also replace lead pipes, help provide high-speed internet to every family in America, and produce concrete results that change people’s lives for the better. Here’s a look at more local headlines this week highlighting the many other benefits from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law across the country:

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La ayuda está aquí este invierno gracias al Plan de Rescate Estadounidense del presidente Biden

13 Jan

Este año, gracias al Plan de Rescate Estadounidense del presidente Biden y los demócratas, las familias de clase media y trabajadora recibirán asistencia adicional para ayudar a compensar sus facturas de calefacción y otros servicios, esto debido una financiación histórica de 8 mil millones de dólares como parte del Programa de Asistencia de Energía para Hogares de Bajos Ingresos a nivel nacional. Gracias al liderazgo del presidente Biden y los demócratas, más fondos que nunca están siendo invertidos en ayudar a millones de familias este invierno.

Vea la cobertura en medios en español a lo largo y ancho del país:

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DNC Statement On Today’s Supreme Court Ruling

13 Jan

Today, the Supreme Court ruled against vaccine requirements for private businesses. DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling does not change the fact that the best way to put this pandemic behind us and keep people safe is to get Americans vaccinated. Nor does it change the fact that it is Republican leaders, governors, senators, and House members who continue to dangerously undermine vaccines, elevate anti-vaxxers, and echo conspiracy theories on a daily basis to cater to a fringe, unvaccinated group. Thankfully, the American people elected President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Democrats who will continue to work tirelessly to get shots in arms, get people back to work, keep kids in schools, and ultimately put this pandemic behind us once and for all – regardless of Republicans’ best efforts to stand in the way.”

Republican leaders across the country have played politics with people’s lives and prioritized their political ambitions over keeping their constituents safe: 

  • Washington Post: “At least 5 GOP-led states offer jobless benefits to workers who refuse vaccines; others may follow”
     
  • New York Times: “The governor of Texas bars Covid vaccine mandates.”
     
  • Daily Beast: “Kristi Noem Still Doesn’t Understand How COVID and Vaccines Work”
     
  • MSNBC: “Ron Johnson tries to rope God into his bizarre take on vaccines”
     
  • NBC News: “DeSantis confirms as many as 1 million Covid tests expired in state stockpile”
     
  • Daily Beast: “DeSantis Blames Feds, Slams ‘Hysteria’ as Florida Shatters COVID Records”
     
  • Business Insider: “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — who has opposed vaccine mandates — is now asking for federal help with COVID-19 testing and treatment”

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House GOP Lays Out Their 2022 Message

13 Jan

In case you were wondering what Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans’ priorities are for 2022 and beyond, look no further. Not only have they made clear they would advance a reckless, divisive agenda designed to pander to and elevate their most extreme members, but they’ve promised that a GOP majority would mean grinding Congress to a halt to score political points instead of delivering for the American people. 

Kevin McCarthy and his extreme caucus have promised a Trumpian agenda instead of addressing the issues that actually matter to American families – lowering costs, creating good-paying jobs, and increasing access to affordable health care.

Axios: “Kevin McCarthy is signaling he’ll institutionalize key Trumpian priorities if he takes over as House speaker next year — aggressive tactics targeting undocumented immigrants, liberals and corporate America.”

Washington Post: “You don’t need Trump as speaker if you have Kevin McCarthy”

CNN: “Some leading Republicans want to spotlight former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. And key House and Senate Republicans are vowing to probe the security failures surrounding last year’s January 6 attack on the US Capitol — and turn the attention to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

What are House Republicans’ priorities? Settling personal vendettas, chasing conspiracy theories, and elevating their fringe members.

CNN: “The GOP’s promise of intense oversight — combined with threats of retaliation against some Democratic colleagues — offers an early glimpse of the politically charged atmosphere that would likely dominate a divided Washington. And it could complicate efforts between the parties to come together on must-pass legislative items, like government funding.”

CNN: “Members of the far right are already agitating to launch impeachment proceedings against President Joe Biden if the GOP is in power in Congress next year.”

Washington Post: “And McCarthy appears to be a member of the revenge caucus: He has repeatedly warned Democrats of potential Republican retribution come January 2023, chiefly in the form of a GOP majority booting members of the minority party from committees.”

CNN: “Meanwhile, McCarthy has vowed to boot Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both from California, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from key committee assignments if Republicans win back the House, citing the ‘new standard’ that Democrats created last year by removing Greene and GOP Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona from their committee assignments for inflammatory rhetoric and posts.”

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