Biden is reportedly targeting between $1.75 trillion and $1.9 trillion for spending bills
President Biden is traveling to his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, to pitch his agenda on Wednesday, amid reports he has privately informed Democratic lawmakers that he will seek support from both progressives and liberals on his proposed spending. plan to reduce it to about a trillion dollars. Democrats in Congress to approve the package.
The president is expected to influence the bipartisan infrastructure plan as well as his Build Back Better agenda on Pennsylvania.
According to a White House memo, 3,353 bridges and more than 7,540 miles of highways in Pennsylvania are in poor condition. The memo said that, if approved, the bipartisan infrastructure plan would give Pennsylvania more than $11 billion in federal aid for highways and more than $1.6 billion for bridges. The plan will give the state about $3 billion to improve public transportation options.
As for the Build Back Better package, the White House said it would “make life better for millions of working families in Pennsylvania” by providing tax cuts for families with children and tax cuts for childless workers.
As for education, the president is expected to say that his agenda will help families pay for child care and make the pitch for “universal, high-quality” pre-Ks, he says. The passage of the bill would “become a reality.”
The president will also give all students at least two years of free community college and highlight that his plan will expand the maximum Pell grants for student borrowers.
Biden is also expected to see that his plan could reduce housing costs and increase the supply of affordable housing.
The president’s expected pitch for Pennsylvania comes after he reportedly detailed a potential deal to propose spending between $1.75 trillion and $1.9 trillion. The Washington Post first reported the president’s counter-proposal to the plan, a size less than his original $3.5 trillion proposal.
The revised package includes many of the original plan’s signature proposals, including Universal Pre-K, substantial investments in green energy, and expanded Medicare benefits. However, sources told the Washington Post that details were still subject to change.
The latest spending benchmark indicates that Biden and other Democratic leaders have made significant cuts to their massive spending plan to achieve an agreement that satisfies both moderate and progressive Democratic lawmakers. Democratic leaders have set an October 31 deadline to reach an agreement on a spending plan and a separate $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal.
During Tuesday’s daily White House briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is “continuing to make progress” toward an agreement, with Biden taking a leading role in the talks.
Democratic Moderate Sense. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Cinema of Arizona said they would not support Biden’s original $3.5 trillion spending plan without major cuts. Munchkin has publicly called for a spending plan of close to $1.5 trillion.
It is unclear whether House Progressives will support the plan to spend at the lower end of the proposed range. Progressives have implored Democratic leaders not to reduce the scope of the spending plan, even if it means funding programs in the short run.
On Tuesday, House Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal expressed optimism that a deal will be done, though she said Biden has “consistently set a number that is somewhere between $1.9 and $2.2.” [trillion]”
“Look, that’s not the number we want,” the Washington state Democrat told reporters. “We’ve constantly tried to make it as high as possible, but at the end of the day, the idea is that we can do these programs, many of the programs that actually run them so that they provide people with immediate transformational benefits. are focused on.”
Granthshala Business’ Thomas Barrabee contributed to this report.