Thursday, December 2, 2021

Biden travels to birthplace to promote spending plan

President Joe Biden travels to Scranton, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, using his birthplace as a backdrop to push his infrastructure and social spending bills, which are currently on hold in Congress due to controversy among lawmakers in his own Democratic Party.

Biden was scheduled to give a speech at the Scranton City Electric Trolley Museum. The city earned the nickname “Electric City” as home to one of the country’s first electric trolleybus lines in the late 1880s. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that the president will talk about how he grows there to 10 and how his plan will benefit the working class in cities like Scranton.

While both are a national priority, Biden often touts infrastructure and social spending bills that include climate change mitigation clauses in the context of maintaining America’s global competitive advantage. The White House said it will focus on how legislative provisions will enable the country to better compete with China, which already has at least 35,405 kilometers of high-speed rail and plans to double that number by 2035.

During a visit to Hartford, Connecticut last week, Biden insisted on his social bill, which includes additional government investment in childcare.

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“How can we compete in the world when millions of American parents, especially moms, cannot be part of the workforce because they cannot afford the costs of childcare or elderly care?” he asked at the child development center.

Lower price

On Tuesday, in the hope of reaching a compromise, Biden held two wings of his political party in the White House. To garner the support of moderate Democrats, the bill is likely to be $ 1.9 trillion to $ 2.2 trillion in revenue, up from Biden’s original $ 3.5 trillion plan, which is actively backed by progressives.

Biden needs the votes of all 50 Democrats to pass the bill in the Senate in a budget process known as reconciliation, but moderate Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kirsten Cinema say the price is too high.

This is the first time Biden has returned to Scranton since taking office. As a presidential candidate, he chose his hometown of 550,000 to promote Scranton vs. Wall Street, promising that his administration would shift the economic benefits from wealthy investors back to ordinary Americans.

Some information for this report comes from Reuters.

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