President Biden and members of Congress have been hard at work attempting to come to an agreement on an infrastructure plan that will benefit American workers and their families.
United Auto Workers Legislative Representative Desiree Hoffman has been closely tracking the efforts to pass the bill. Hoffman appeared on the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the impact of an infrastructure bill and also touched on drug pricing reform.
Building Back Better
President Joe Biden made infrastructure a central theme of his campaign, understanding it is popular amongst most voters. Hoffman sees it as a public investment that will improve the lives of all Americans.
Physical infrastructure will help put thousands of Americans to work in good-paying, oftentimes union jobs. This will be a much needed boost as the U.S. looks to lift itself out of the COVID-19 pandemic and make a full economic recovery.
Hoffman said the recycling of tax dollars will be a shot in the arm to local economies. After more than a year of hesitant spending and frugal saving, Americans will have more money to spend in their communities if an infrastructure bill is passed.
Drug pricing reform
For decades, Americans have been crushed by the rising price of prescription drugs. Currently, the U.S. government has no power to negotiate prescription drug prices, essentially allowing manufacturers to charge as they please for needed medicines.
There is currently legislation being introduced to allow the federal government to negotiate for more fair prices. Too many Americans are dying without needed medications and manufacturers refuse to budge on affordability.
Hoffman suggested the Federal budget be adjusted to protect vulnerable Americans. For example, Hoffman advocated for more money invested into the elderly population to help make healthcare and prescriptions more affordable.