For Immediate Release
Contact: Natalia Pérez Santos

Saunders: Groundbreaking American Families Plan demonstrates bold Biden pro-worker agenda

AFSCME President Lee Saunders released the following statement on President Biden’s new American Families Plan:

“With this new proposal, President Biden is reaffirming his commitment to a sweeping, transformational agenda that empowers working people, creates good union jobs and gives everyone a chance to succeed. In fewer than 100 days, the president and his team have already done more for working families than most administrations accomplish in full terms, but more needs to be done to restore balance to the economy.

“The American Families Plan is bold and groundbreaking – from universal pre-k education to two years of free community college, from comprehensive paid leave to expanded nutrition assistance. It also includes critical investments in child care that will give working families peace of mind, while increasing pay and training opportunities for providers.

“And these investments would be made by asking the most privileged Americans to finally shoulder their fair share of the tax burden. Under the American Families Plan, no one making under $400,000 a year would pay more in taxes than they do now. And lower- and middle-income working people would receive tax credits that make child care and health care more affordable, helping them stay out of poverty.

“The American Rescue Plan that the president signed into law seven weeks ago is already delivering urgently needed assistance to families and communities – including nearly $700 billion for public services – to help the nation recover from the pandemic. The American Families Plan takes the next crucial steps toward building back better.”