WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn issued the following statement today on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan:

“The French observer Alexis de Tocqueville once intoned, ‘The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.’  The coronavirus pandemic exposed and exacerbated many longstanding faults that must be repaired if America is to retain her greatness.

“President Biden’s ‘American Jobs Plan’ is a critical first step to making America’s greatness accessible and affordable for all Americans. The plan’s big and bold investments will put Americans back to work at good wages building the infrastructure we need for a better future.  His jobs plan recognizes that infrastructure includes not just roads and bridges, and ports and railroads; but also safe water, clean electricity, affordable housing, state-of-the-art schools, high-quality home care, domestic manufacturing, workforce development, cutting edge research, and high-speed internet.  I am particularly pleased that the American Jobs Plan’s broadband proposal reflects the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, comprehensive legislation crafted by the House Rural Broadband Task Force and Energy & Commerce Committee.

“In addition to repairing many of our nation’s faults, the American Jobs Plan wisely guards against the emergence of additional faults in the future.  The investments in the plan are future proof so they will not become out-of-date, resilient so they will not become climate change casualties, and are paid for so they will not become a burden for our children and grandchildren.  In addition to being effective and efficient, the investments in the American Jobs Plan are equitable and targeted to vulnerable communities to connect them to good jobs, quality housing, lead-free water, and fast internet.

“I look forward to working with the Biden-Harris Administration and my congressional colleagues to enact the American Jobs Plan so we can begin repairing our nation’s faults and continue our pursuit of ‘a more perfect Union.’”