Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, said on Sunday that despite the strong employment report in March and various other positive economic signs in recent months, President Biden still urgently needs new spending. plan.
Deese, the architect of Biden’s American Jobs Plan, told Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, that it was similar to before the pandemic. In comparison, the United States is still lagging behind. He said the president’s spending plan of more than $2 trillion may help bring the US economy back to the level of early 2020.
“The number of jobs in March is undoubtedly a welcome sign. It is great to see the economy starting to improve, and we certainly think this is the beginning sign of the economic and vaccination strategy implemented by the government from the first day. Impact”
He said: “But we still have a long way to go.” “We still have 8.4 million fewer jobs than a year ago. We have millions of people unemployed. More than 2 million women have left the labor market because they cannot Don’t choose between taking care of family members and their families. Work, so we still have a long way to go.”
Joe Biden’s spending plan (based on infrastructure bills) is half that of infrastructure spending
Diss said: “Our plan is to let the economy continue to develop. Let us see more employment opportunities-this is indeed a good thing for the economy.” “But let us consider the direction of those investments from a long-term perspective. [are] What we can do will not only promote more job growth, but it will also promote better job growth. By investing in our infrastructure, we can not only increase employment in the short term, but also increase employment in the long term. Invest in our R&D in a way that has never been done since the 1960s. “
Deese, a former senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, played a leading role in trying to get the president’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan to cross the finish line. He said in January that he aimed to help the Republicans join the plan, but no Republican congressman voted for it.
Now, Biden is pushing for a spending plan of more than $2 trillion, which is mainly paid as infrastructure bills, but it solves many problems other than the collapse of highways and bridges. This has caused severe criticism from Senate Republicans, many of whom have lined up to oppose the president’s plan.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said last week: “This plan is not to rebuild the backbone of the United States. Less than 6% of this huge proposal is for roads and bridges.” The cost of electric vehicles alone is more than the total cost of roads, bridges, ports, airports and waterways in the United States.”
In fact, the White House summarized the “U.S. Jobs Program” that it would spend $115 billion of the $2.2 trillion to modernize the bridges, highways, and main streets that need repairs the most.
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McConnell’s definition ignores other elements of the plan involving infrastructure, including broadband, pipes, and schools. However, analysis by Fox News found that Biden’s plan in general still uses less than half of its funds directly on non-infrastructure priority areas.
Wallace questioned Dess whether the majority of Biden’s spending plan, which the White House sold as an infrastructure bill, was actually aimed at infrastructure. Diss believes that the infrastructure of the modern world needs to be defined more broadly.
He said: “I think we really need to update the meaning of infrastructure in the 21st century.” “If you see this number, we are talking about the construction industry, building housing across the country to ensure that there are more affordable Housing provides people with employment and economic opportunities.”
Deese added: “We are talking about building buildings like VA [Veterans Administration] Facilities, schools and community colleges-getting people to work, the construction work that really needs to be done to meet our promise to veterans and others.
Days also said: “We believe that our care economic infrastructure is very important.” In Biden’s $400 billion home care spending plan for the elderly and the disabled, he said. “For anyone outside… who is caring for elderly parents or parents of adult disabled children, they know that if you don’t have the care infrastructure to take care of your loved ones, you will not be able to do this effectively. Work cannot be done in the 21st century. Effectively interact in the economy.”
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Given that Biden and other government officials hinted that they were willing to pass the infrastructure bill with the Republicans, Wallace also asked President Des how much he would subtract from the original proposal of more than $2 trillion. But Biden and his officials made similar recommendations for the relief of the coronavirus, only to avoid the Republican Party and avoid substantive negotiations.
When talking about the spending plan, Diss said: “Some people say too much, some say too little.” “We want to have this dialogue. We have already started this propaganda.”
But Diss added, “We will not negotiate on this in this show,” and he refused to provide any benchmark for how much compromise the president is actually willing to make.
Biden is expected to propose a second large-scale spending bill later this month, this time mainly on the Social Safety Net.