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The American Jobs Plan

Background

The U.S. Needs Better Infrastructure

TThe United States is the wealthiest country in the world, yet we rank 13th when it comes to the overall quality of our infrastructure.


We need a plan that builds bridges to better jobs while combating the climate crisis and providing clean water for all. The American Jobs Plan does just that, creating jobs for those in frontline communities and those that have suffered from unemployment due to Covid-19. 

Why It Matters for Illinois 

Illinois stands to benefit in many ways, as the plan targets 40 percent of the benefits of climate and infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities. The plan also invests in rural communities and communities impacted by the transition to clean energy. 


You can read more about the details of the plan at the White House's Fact Sheet, but the details the Faith in Place Action Fund is most focused on are those that create equitable jobs and address climate and environmental justice such as:  

  • Creating equitable jobs to fix highways, rebuild bridges, upgrade airports and transit systems​

  • Building a better energy grid, and retrofitting buildings and homes to be more efficient

  • Delivering clean drinking water by replacing all lead pipes and service lines in our drinking water systems

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Our Response

Much more is needed to provide good jobs for everyone who is currently unemployed, to meet the gravity of the climate crisis, and to meaningfully counteract decades of underinvestment in frontline communities. 
 
But this is a good start, offering unprecedented investments and a plan that's as big as the crises we face. 
 
Please encourage your representatives to support the American Jobs Plan and to fight for strong labor equity and environmental standards to chart a path for an equitable economy for all Americans.