Biden seeks a change in the way the nation serves its people
He added: “We are vaccinating the nation. We are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. We are producing real results that people can see and feel in their own lives. Open the doors of opportunity. Guarantee equity and justice. “
The president, who has struggled to respond to a wave of migrants on the southwestern border since taking office, planned to promote his proposed overhaul of the immigration system, which would provide a gateway for citizens to millions of people living illegally in the country. In addition, he intended to talk about his goals to stem climate change by halving carbon emissions over the next decade.
While foreign policy did not dominate his first months in office, Biden was due to explain his decision to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by 9/11 after nearly 20 years of war there. And many were watching to see how he would meet the challenges of increasingly antagonistic adversaries like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.
But as striking as anything else in the speech was Mr. Biden’s vision of a deep pivot in the eternal American debate over the role of government in society. Four decades after new President Ronald Reagan said government was the problem, not the solution, Mr Biden set out to reverse that thesis, seeking to give the federal state a catalytic role in remaking the country and rearrange the balance between the richest and the rest.
The “American Families Plan,” as he called his latest $ 1.8 trillion proposal, would follow the “American rescue plan,“A $ 1.9 trillion spending package for pandemic relief and economic recovery that it has already signed into law, and the” US Jobs Plan, “a $ 2.3 trillion program dollars for infrastructure, home health care and other outstanding priorities.
The family plan presented by Mr Biden on Wednesday includes $ 1 trillion in new spending and $ 800 billion in tax credits. Among other things, it would fund universal preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds, a federal paid family and medical leave program, efforts to make child care more affordable, a free community college for all, and help. to college students who historically serve non-white communities and expand grants under the Affordable Care Act.
The plan would also extend major tax cuts included as temporary measures in the initial coronavirus relief program that benefit low- and middle-income workers and families, including the child tax credit, the credit earned income tax and tax for children and dependents. credit.