Investing in Physical Infrastructure & Technology
A strong economy needs a strong workforce, which means we must invest in our infrastructure — both physical and human. Chuck Schumer supports President Biden’s American Jobs and American Families plans, an unprecedented investment in our nation’s infrastructure and workforce.
The American Jobs plan would invest $2 trillion in our roads, highways, bridges and public transit, eliminate lead pipes in drinking water, expand high-speed broadband so every American can access it, and retrofit old homes and buildings to increase affordable housing. It provides funding for restoring and conserving public lands and waters, and invests in a modernized electrical grid so we’re 100% powered by clean energy sources, like wind and solar, by 2035.
We must also invest in science, technology and innovation to ensure our economy leads the world in the 21st century. Chuck championed the bipartisan U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, which dedicates funding to science and technology, invests in regional tech hubs in New York and allows us to out-compete adversaries like China.
Workers must be front and center of our economic recovery. The American Jobs Plan calls on Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which eliminates major barriers created by states and corporations to prevent workers from joining a union. It also creates jobs and raises wages for home care workers.
Investing in Human Infrastructure
The American Families Plan provides unprecedented investment in the people who power our economy from the day they are born. It will expand access to quality education and extend the Child Tax Credit, a move that could dramatically cut the child poverty rate. The American Families Plan also calls for paid family leave. The United States is one of the only advanced economies in the world that does not guarantee paid leave. We need paid family and medical leave to ensure no American has to choose between getting a paycheck and caring for a new child, a sick family member, or themselves.