WASHINGTON D.C. — President Joe Biden says investing in the American people now will do better for the country and the economy in the years to come.
“A once in a generation investment in our families,” Biden said.
He says the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan will help students, parents and teachers while bringing the country back to the top.
“The investment we need to win the competition. The competition with other nations.”
The plan includes $200 billion for free pre-k and $109 billion for two years of community college. It also provides $1,400 in additional assistance to low-income students, provides paid family and medical leave, and extends the child tax credit to 2025.
This spending bill, along with his infrastructure package, total up to $4 trillion, a price tag Republicans can’t get behind.
“Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle just can’t resist stretching out the pandemic, using it as a rationale for additional spending,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said.
McConnell said it’s better if the president listens to Republicans on infrastructure. He said the party wants to cut back on spending.
“I and my colleagues on the Republican side are interested in doing an infrastructure package, but we’d like it to be about infrastructure,” McConnell said, criticizing some of the more social aspects of the bill.
Democrats say they are still holding out for a bipartisan deal with Republicans to make the president’s plans a reality. However, the last stimulus bill, which Biden signed on March 12, passed the Senate with a 50-50 tie along party lines. Vice President Kamala Harris broke the tie.
“This law is not the end of our efforts. I view it as only the beginning,” Biden said about the stimulus package at the time.