Biden Pushes Child Care Provisions In Blocked Spending Bill | New policies

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By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden was due to highlight his plan to cut childcare costs for most American families as he advocates for his stalled social spending bill during from a visit to Connecticut on Friday.

Biden was due to visit a child development center in Hartford to promote his proposal to make such care free for low-income families and to ensure that families making up to 150% of their state’s median income pay less 7% of their salary for childcare. The proposal is part of a massive expansion of the social safety net that Biden has championed and aims to pass with only Democratic votes in Congress.

The president’s renewed selling point comes as his Democratic allies sounded the alarm that the American public does not understand the benefits of the package. There is a renewed urgency among Democrats to push through the package before a month-end deadline on transportation funding, Biden’s next overseas trip, and a closer than expected race for the next governor of Virginia.

Talks between the White House and members of Congress continue, as they attempt to reach consensus both on the total level of spending for the legislation and on which particular programs should be included. The objections of the centrists Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are forcing Democrats to reduce Biden’s $ 3.5 trillion package to more than $ 2 trillion.

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The fate of the legislation, dubbed “Build Back Better” by Biden, also delays a bipartisan infrastructure bill worth more than $ 1,000 billion that was passed by the Senate this summer. Progressives in the House are reluctant to support this bill until an agreement is found on the way forward. on the social safety net package.

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

“They were all able to pull themselves together and vote,” McAuliffe said. When specifically asked if he was calling Biden, McAuliffe said, “I put everyone in there.” McAuliffe is in a tight race with Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin in a 10-point Biden state last fall.

Biden is also expected to speak on Friday at the inauguration of the University of Connecticut’s Dodd Center for Human Rights, which is renamed in honor of a longtime friend, former Connecticut Senator Chris. Dodd, in addition to Dodd’s father, who was also a former Senator.

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