Biden to call for $4 trillion in new spending during joint address to Congress
By Nicholas Bellasy | Just The News
Biden’s forthcoming $1.8 trillion American Families Plan is the follow-up to his $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan, and Dems are ready to move elements of the plans through Congress without GOP votes.
President Joe Biden is expected to call for $4 trillion in new federal spending during his joint address to Congress on Wednesday evening.
Biden’s forthcoming $1.8 trillion American Families Plan is the follow-up to his $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan, which is focused on infrastructure improvements, universal broadband and creating new union jobs.
After Biden’s call for “unity” in his inaugural address, Democrats appear ready to use budget reconciliation again to move elements of the president’s latest plans through Congress without GOP votes.
A Republican member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently said the plan would benefit unions and hurt right-to-work states. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and other Democrats have compared the proposal to the Green New Deal. Last month, a top Democrat characterized Biden’s “transformational” infrastructure package as a “grab bag” that would address a wide range of issues from climate change to health care and immigration.
Biden teased the upcoming American Families Plan during a recent speech at a union hall in Pittsburgh. The forthcoming proposal is expected to include federal spending on child care, early childhood education, Medicare expansion and more.
Some progressive lawmakers want Biden to also include prescription drug provisions in the plan. Democrats have referred to the proposed spending on social safety net programs as investments in the nation’s infrastructure that would help women in particular.
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey touted the federal funding for caregivers in the American Rescue Plan on Tuesday and said lawmakers should not solely count roads, bridges, tunnels and ports as infrastructure.
“I know there are a lot of Republican politicians in Washington who are saying that home and community based services are not part of an infrastructure, that frankly is insulting to families because infrastructure is about how we live, how we function,” Casey said on a conference call with Pennsylvania Democrats. “And frankly, to be blunt, about how women get to work.
“So why is it that when we do infrastructure, only the men benefit, or mostly benefit? Why is it when it comes to the caregiving infrastructure that allows women to go to work in our society to function, why do we have a one size fits all Washington definition of infrastructure?”