Thursday, December 2, 2021

WATCH: Biden boosts investment in child care to help working families

Hartford, Conn. (AP) – President Joe Biden argued that investments in child care and other social safety net programs are imperative to keep America competitive in the global economy during a visit to a child care center in Connecticut on Friday. are constantly pressing for their stalled social spending bill.

Watch the President’s remarks in the video player above.

Biden visited a child development center in Hartford to promote his proposal to make such care free for low-income families, and ensure that up to 150% of his state’s median income is paid. Families who pay less than 7% of their salary on child care. The proposal is part of a massive expansion of the social safety net that Biden has championed and aims to pass in Congress with just Democratic votes.

“A lot of people in Washington still don’t realize that there is not enough to invest in our physical infrastructure. We have to invest in our people too,” he said.

Biden outlined how his plan would reduce child care costs for Connecticut residents, and noted the disparity between US spending on early child care versus greater investment in other countries, to argue that the lack of investment Because of this America is lagging behind.

“How in the world can we compete if millions of American parents, especially mothers, can’t be part of the workforce because they can’t afford child care or elderly care?”

He greeted some of the children in the center playground before speaking, at one point taking a knee to hug a child.

The president’s sales pitch comes as his Democratic allies have sounded the alarm that the American public does not understand the benefits of the package. There has been renewed urgency among Democrats to push through the package before a month-end deadline over transportation funding, Biden’s upcoming overseas travel, and a near-anticipated race for Virginia’s next governor.

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Talks continue between the White House and members of Congress, as they try to reach a consensus on both the level of total spending for the legislation and which special programs should be included. Central sense. The objections of Joe Manchin and Kirsten Cinema are forcing Democrats to shrink the package from Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion to closer to $2 trillion.

The fate of that legislation, branded “Build Back Better” by Biden, is also the fate of the more than $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed the Senate this summer. House progressives are shying away from backing that bill until agreement is reached on the way forward on a social safety net package.

In an interview this week with The Associated Press, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, criticized Democrats and Biden over the stalled infrastructure package.

“They all got to do their job together and vote,” McAuliffe said. Asked specifically if he was calling out Biden, McAuliffe said, “I put everyone there.” McAuliffe is in a tight race with Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin in a state Biden, who fell by 10 points last time.

Biden is also set to comment on Friday at the dedication of the Dodd Center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, which is being renamed to honor a longtime friend, former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, in addition to Dodd’s father. who was also a former senator.

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