Biden eyes $3 trillion package for infrastructure, schools, families

Biden eyes $3T package for infrastructure, schools, families
President Joe Biden speaks after meeting with leaders from Georgia's Asian-American and Pacific Islander community, Friday, March 19, 2021, at Emory University in Atlanta. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Fresh off the passage of the coronavirus relief bill, President Biden is assembling the next big priority of his administration, a sweeping $3 trillion package of investments on domestic needs and infrastructure.

The US President huddled privately late Monday with the Senators of his party as Congress has already begun laying the groundwork with legislation for developing hospitals, roads and green energy systems as part of Mr Biden’s “Build Back Better” campaign promise.

Much like the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan signed into law earlier this month, the new package would also include family-friendly policies, this time focusing on paid family leave and education.

The White House plans are still preliminary, with a combined $3 trillion in spending proposed to improve quality of life and boost the economy, according to a person familiar with the subject who insisted on to keep anonymity.

While the new investment plan of the package is a bipartisan package, Democrats in Congress have indicated a willingness to go it alone if they are blocked by Republicans.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. said: “We need to get it done,” ahead of the virtual meeting with Biden at the senators’ annual retreat Monday evening.

Biden’s outreach to Senate Democrats comes as his administration is under fire for its handling of the US-Mexico border. Migrant crossings in the United States are skyrocketing in the border, with images of cramped holding facilities posing a political and humanitarian dilemma for the administration and its allies in Congress. The focus on infrastructure shifts attention back toward priorities that are potentially more popular with Americans and potentially bipartisan.

An infrastructure package would include roughly $1 trillion for bridges, rail lines, roads, electrical vehicle charging stations and the cellular network, among other items. The aim of the package would be to facilitate the shift to cleaner energy while improving economic competitiveness.

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