In a mind-spinning state of events, the president’s “hard” infrastructure bill passed the House Friday night. How many times did we hear that this is “infrastructure week?” It felt like every week during the past administration and thus, became a running joke, because nothing happened. Then President Joe Biden took office. He came in, dealt with a highly diverse Democratic House and Senate, then passed his first infrastructure bill. So what do Americans think about the president’s Build Back Better infrastructure bill?
That is what we wanted to know, too. Democrats.org had the latest poll conducted by Morning Consult/Politico. Even as the not-so-Grand Old Party worked day and night to block President Biden’s Build Back Better bill, it appeared that the “soft” or “people” infrastructure bill has been very popular with voters. POTUS promised to bring back jobs and better living wages to us. When both sides of Congress return, he will sign the hard infrastructure bill to take our transportation, internet, and drinking water into the next generation.
Not one Republican in office voted for the Build Back Better bill. Voters will hold them accountable for not representing them in 2022 and 2024, or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will try to steal the Dems hard work.
The poll showed how much people like President Biden’s second infrastructure bill:
- ‘78% of voters support “expanding Medicare coverage to cover hearing services.”
- 66% of voters support “funding for affordable housing.”
- 61% of voters support “funding for child care and universal pre-kindergarten.”
- 53% of voters support “extending the child tax credit for one year.”
- 59% of voters support “a 15% corporate minimum tax rate for large corporations.”’
A new poll from Data Progress/Invest in America showed this dramatic result:
‘With a +29-point margin, likely voters support the Build Back Better plan. The plan is very popular with both Democrats and Independents, who support the plan by respective margins of +83 and +19 percentage points. One-third of Republican voters also say they support the plan.’
‘We then tested how the Build Back Better framework polls when voters are informed of the taxes that will pay for the investments. We find Build Back Better is backed by a +30-point margin of support when respondents are informed of how the plan is to be paid for.’
This was the president’s greatest “investment in children and caregiving in generations,” according to The White House:
- ‘Offers universal and free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds, the largest expansion of universal and free education since states and communities across the country established public high school 100 years ago.
- Makes the largest investment in child care in the nation’s history, saving most American families more than half of their spending on child care.
- Delivers affordable, high-quality care for older Americans and people with disabilities in their homes, while supporting the workers who provide this care.
- Provides 39 million households up to $3,600 (or $300 per month) in tax cuts per child by extending the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit.’
It included the largest effort to combat climate change ever in these United States:
- ‘Delivers substantial consumer rebates and tax credits to reduce costs for middle-class families shifting to clean energy and electrification.
- Ensures clean energy technology – from wind turbine blades to solar panels to electric cars – will be built in the United States with American-made steel and other materials, creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs here at home.
- Advances environmental justice through a new Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator that will invest in projects around the country, while delivering 40% of the benefits of investment to disadvantaged communities, as part of the President’s Justice40 initiative.
- Bolsters resilience and natural solutions to climate change through a historic investment in coastal restoration, forest management, and soil conservation.’
The most “affordable health care in a decade:”
- ‘Reduces prescription drug costs.
- Strengthens the Affordable Care Act and reduces premiums for 9 Million Americans.
- Closes the Medicaid Coverage Gap, Leading 4 Million Uninsured People to Gain Coverage.
- Expands Medicare to cover hearing benefits.’
And it will be a generational move to reduce costs and improve the middle class:
- ‘Extends the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for around 17 million low-wage workers.
- Expands access to affordable, high-quality education beyond high school.
- Promotes nutrition security to support children’s health.
- Strengthens the middle class through a historic investment in equity, safety, and fairness.’
The president’s BBB is completed funded. And no one will pay a cent in additional taxes if they make under $400,000:
- ‘Stops large, profitable corporations from paying zero in tax and tax corporations that buy back stock rather than invest in the company.
- Stops rewarding corporations for shipping jobs and profits overseas.
- Asks the highest-income Americans to pay their fair share.
- Invests in enforcing our existing tax laws, so the wealthy pay what they owe.’
To read the entire Morning Consult/Politico click on this link.
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