Biden investment pitch amidst stalemate in US Congress

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Investment pitch on the cusp of gridlock in Congress? The US president visits Michigan to sell the American public on his infrastructure and social proposals.

IN SUMMARY

  • The US president visits Michigan to sell the American public on his infrastructure and social plans.
  • Factions at Capitol Hill have blocked Biden’s landmark $3.5 trillion spendings and tax proposal, as well as a $1 trillion infrastructure bill.
  • If neither bill is passed, Biden’s plan for the rest of his four-year term could be stalled. Negotiations between White House officials and Democrat leaders in the House and Senate are underway to discern a route ahead for both bill’ passage.
  • One notable moderate, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, has proposed shrinking the proposed $3.5 trillion 10-year budget to $1.5 trillion.

Dealt with a stalemate in Congress, US President Joe Biden traveled to the state of Michigan on Tuesday to directly sell his ambitious social spending and infrastructure investment proposals to the American public.

President Joe Biden addressed a union training center in Howell, Michigan, on infrastructure investments.

Biden’s flagship $3.5 trillion spendings and tax proposal, as well as a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, have run into opposition on Capitol Hill, as members of the Biden’s Democratic Party cannot agree on the magnitude and scope of his proposals.

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“These bills are about balancing competition and complacency. They’re about opportunity against decay,” Biden stated Tuesday afternoon during a speech at a union training center in Howell, Michigan.

“Supporting these investments enables America to rise – Americans to move,” Biden stated. “Opposing these investments implies becoming complicit in America’s decline.”

With pollsters indicating a dip in his approval rating, Biden is at a crossroads in his administration — and failing to pass both bills might stall his plan for the rest of his four-year term.

President Biden seeks to make a case for his comprehensive spending investment proposal. 

Biden felt compelled to justify his spending plans by stating that they would benefit working-class people and strengthen the US’s global competitiveness. Michigan’s automakers are counting on a substantial transition toward electric vehicles, which both bills would assist in achieving.

“We need to make that American autoworkers continue to lead the world in electric vehicles here in Michigan,” Biden remarked Tuesday beside Representative Elissa Slotkin, whose congressional district the president was visiting.

Slotkin is one of several notable Democrats who have pressed Biden to make a stronger pitch to the American public for his investment proposals.

Biden seeks support from moderates in Congress for his extravagant spending proposals. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, a critical moderate, has proposed trimming the proposed $3.5 trillion 10-year budget plan to $1.5 trillion.

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Means testing could well be implemented through the investment initiatives proposed by Biden.

According to White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden and Democrats are mulling using what is termed as means testing – or limiting access based on income – to reduce the cost of the proposed programs. Among these programs are universal pre-kindergarten and two years of community college for free.

In Washington, DC, negotiations between White House officials and Democrat leaders in the House and Senate continue to forge a route ahead for both bills’ passage.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the lead Democrat in the House, has been unable to garner support for the $1 trillion infrastructure bill from many progressives until a deal is reached on the more enormous $3.5 trillion budget proposal being stalled in the Senate by Manchin.

Biden has met with small groups of legislators at the White House.

He spoke with key progressive lawmakers on Monday, including Representative Pramila Jayapal, the chair of the House progressive caucus, and with House moderates on Tuesday, just before he left for Michigan.

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