Sunday, September 26, 2021

Biden continues to advance climate policy in visit to National Renewable Energy Laboratory

President Joe Biden made the final stop of his West Coast visit in Colorado on Tuesday to push for his $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and $3.5 trillion spending plan.

Before delivering his address, Biden visited the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, conducting wind turbine testing and an overview of new battery technologies.

“We have to invest in slowing our contribution to climate change, not tomorrow,” Biden said.

Biden also surveyed areas hit by wildfires in California on Monday and the areas hit by flash floods on the East Coast last week to promote bills, using weather events to demonstrate the need for his climate agenda. Visited.

Biden is also touting the infrastructure bill as a creator of union jobs and a reform for the electric grid.

“We need a modern electric grid. One that has a lot of capacity, more flexible transmission, you know, and has more storage capacity,” Biden said, “By using advanced batteries it can capture surplus energy generated when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t.” going on.”

The infrastructure bill was passed in the Senate last week in a bipartisan vote involving 19 Republicans. It now goes to the House.

Meanwhile, House Democrats on Monday announced plans to fund Biden’s massive $3.5 trillion budget proposal on corporations and the wealthy, which, in addition to investments in climate policy, will extend far-reaching changes to health care, child care and are also included. social programme.

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The change to the tax code will be the most significant since the Republican tax cuts in 2017. This includes a 39.6 percent rate for individuals earning more than $400,000, or $450,000 for couples, a 3 percent tax on Americans with adjusted incomes over $5 million. one year. The corporate tax rate on income over $5 million will increase from 21 percent to 26.5 percent.

Democrats are trying to push the budget proposal without Republican support, but Sen. Joe Manchin (DWA) said over the weekend that he would not vote for the $3.5 trillion bill, saying it was scheduled to be completed on September 27. there’s no way. Deadline set by Democrats.

Biden was asked by reporters on Tuesday whether he would sign a reconciliation package with measures to tackle climate change. “I am ready for more climate measures,” Biden said.

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Asked whether Biden would be willing to withdraw his $3.5 trillion request, principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during a flight to Colorado that there was no call to read between Biden and Manchin. But the White House said there is continuous communication with members and their staff on Hill.

The speech comes as Biden’s approval rating has plummeted in the wake of the vaccine mandate announced last week and the US exodus from Afghanistan, according to Gallup and Ipsos polls.

Nick Ciolino covers the White House.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Biden continues to advance climate policy in visit to National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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