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Biden to unveil sweeping $1.8T infrastructure plan in speech before Congress

Joe Biden has another transformational spending bill to unveil.

After pushing a COVID relief bill and a massive infrastructure plan, the new president Wednesday plans to announce a sprawling $1.8 trillion plan to help American families in his long-awaited speech to Congress.

The plan will include billions more for child care, preschool and to make a new child tax credit permanent. It also calls for free community college for all Americans and major investments in education and teacher training.

“The American Families Plan invests in our children and our families, helping families cover the expenses that so many struggle with,” a senior Biden official said. “(It aims at) lowering health insurance premiums; cutting child poverty; and producing a larger, more productive, and healthier workforce in the years ahead. “

Biden, who is riding a wave of popularity as the pandemic ebbs and the economy starts to bounce back, will pitch his newest big plan at his speech to a scaled-back joint session of Congress.

Just 200 people will be allowed into the House of Representatives instead of the usual 1,600 for such addresses.

Democratic senators had to draw straws to see who would get to watch (and be seen by voters) and who would have to watch on TV.

With the pandemic offering an opportunity to transform the role of government in America, Biden has embraced the moment to make the economy stronger and fairer to all.

It won’t be easy to convince Congress to pay for it with tax hikes aimed at the nation’s wealthiest people and corporations.

Republicans are dead set against any big new spending plan, especially one packed with popular items that could help Democrats at the polls next year and in 2024. And with just a tiny majority, Biden needs to keep all Democrats in line, from progressive firebrands like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), who effectively holds the balance of power in the upper chamber.

Biden plans to sidestep GOP leaders and appeal directly to voters, who mostly approve of his think-big approach to make their lives better.

For the first time on Wednesday, a female vice president, Kamala Harris, will be seated behind the chief executive for the speech. She is also the first Black woman to fill the prestigious role

Biden delayed his speech from just after the inauguration to near the end of his first 100 days. The later date allows him to trumpet his successes in taming the pandemic and starting to launch the first green shoots of an economic recovery that could quickly turn into a boom.

He’s already delivered on the pandemic relief package that put $1,400 in most Americans’ pockets and made vaccinations virtually available on demand. Now Biden is setting out to solve some of the longstanding problems that many working Americans deal with on a daily basis.

The speech will still be a poignant reminder of the still-ongoing coronavirus pandemic with members of Congress spread out and wearing face masks to abide by health restrictions.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), a rising conservative GOP star and the only Black Republican senator, will deliver a response to Biden’s speech. He is likely to trash the big-spending but may join Biden in urging Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell panned the speech in advance Tuesday, branding it “the Biden bait and switch.”

“President Biden ran as a moderate, but I’m hard-pressed to think of anything at all that he’s done so far that would indicate some degree of moderation,” McConnell said.

But there’s a method to Biden’s actions. The president knows that the clock is ticking and he may only have a brief window to pass his ambitious agenda before the midterm elections which could lead to the GOP retaking one or both houses of Congress.

Source (Ny Daily news)

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