US President Joe Biden announced he will meet Republicans in Congress next week to open bipartisan negotiations with lawmakers on his proposed $2-trillion-plus infrastructure plan.
“It’s not a plan that tinkers around the edges. It’s a once in a generation investment in America,” Biden said in remarks at the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.
“The divisions of the moment should not stop us from doing the right thing for the future,” Biden said on the same day his Treasury Department released a new tax plan to help pay for the proposed jobs program.
Biden’s $2-trillion infrastructure package would invest in bridges, highways, water treatment, electric power, rural internet and new projects to address floods and wildfires.
The Democratic president is pitching it to the public as a vehicle for creating jobs for 19 million Americans, including many now out of work who do not have college degrees.
The president also cast it as an investment in the US’s global competitiveness, particularly versus China which is racing ahead, he said.
“Do you think the rest of the world is waiting around? Do you think China is waiting around?” Biden asked rhetorically.
“They are not waiting but they are counting on American democracy to be too slow, too limited and too divided to keep pace,” he warned.