Biden Pitches Youngster-Care, Schooling Plan as Democrats Debate Measurement
WASHINGTON – President Biden sought public support for a multi-trillion dollar education and childcare plan that is at the center of his domestic agenda while Democrats in Congress grapple with disagreements over the size and scope of the package.
“To really win the 21st century and to lead the world again, to build a bottom-up and center-up economy, to really deal with everyone during this time, we need to invest in our people,” Biden told McHenry Counties College in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
The president is also urging Congress to pass a bipartisan $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill and the education and childcare plan that the Democrats intend to approve without Republican support through a process known as reconciliation.
Both measures face challenges. The White House needs at least 10 Republican Senate votes to pass the infrastructure package, which was negotiated by a group of centrist senators. And Democrats must stand together if they want to postpone the education and childcare plan without the backing of Republicans. Democrats cannot lose more than four Democratic votes in the House of Representatives and none in the Senate when it comes to laws that are opposed by all Republicans.
Mr Biden presented his plan in a county he lost to former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, despite Mr Biden running the state. The suburb north of Chicago is part of a congressional district represented by Democratic MP Lauren Underwood, who ousted a GOP incumbent in 2018 and is now being targeted by Republicans hoping to regain a majority in the House of Representatives next year.