Marc H. Morial

Marc H. Morial

For decades, American families have struggled to achieve the American dream of economic prosperity, homeownership, and financial freedom due to years of neglect and failure of investment from Congress and the Trump administration.

The United States ranked 22nd  in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 “Best Countries for Raising Kids” rankings, and 34th  of 35 in Asher & Lyric’s “Raising a Family Index.” 

Among 31 countries rated by UNICEF for family-friendly policies, the United States fell at the very bottom.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Social Mobility Report ranked the United States 27th. 

We have the worst income inequality among the G7 nations. The Social Progress Index, which measures the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens, ranks the United States 27th.

By almost every conceivable metric, the United States has fallen behind.

President Biden recently reassured the American people that their dreams have not been forgotten.

“We need to build America from the bottom up and the middle out, not from top down with the trickle-down economics that’s always failed us. I can’t think of a single time when the middle class has done well but the wealthy haven’t done very well. I can think of many times, including now, when the wealthy and the super-wealthy do very well, and the middle class don’t do well,” Biden said on Oct. 28.

“These are not about left versus right, or moderate versus progressive, or anything else that pits Americans against one another. This is about competitiveness versus complacency. It’s about expanding opportunity, not opportunity denied. It’s about leading the world or letting the world pass us by.“

While the framework for the Build Back Better Agenda and Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill President Biden recently announced does not include all of the National Urban League’s priorities, it is a substantial down payment on a historic investment in a prosperous future.

The framework is heavily based on the Main Street Marshall Plan, the National Urban League’s  comprehensive plan to lift urban communities out of poverty and stimulate their economic growth.

It will facilitate the creation of millions of family-sustaining jobs, enable more Americans to join and remain in the workforce, and expand the American economy to allow equal opportunity for growth. 

The Build Back Better Agenda and Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is an investment in a nation that is inclusive, equitable, and most of all, attainable. It is time for the House and Senate to pass it and send to the President’s desk so we can put the American people first.

Marc H. Morial is president and CEO of the National Urban League.

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