Before departing for Rome, President Joe Biden spoke at the White House and said that while no one got everything they wanted, the $1.75 trillion social welfare spending framework he proposed on Friday is still consequential and worthy of Democratic support.
Biden stated during his televised address that "any single part of this framework would fundamentally be viewed as a fundamental change in America" and that "taken together, they’re truly consequential."
The president addressed the divide between centrist and left-wing Democrats on the lengthy negotiations.
"We spent hours and hours over months and months working on this. No one got everything they wanted, including me, but that’s what compromise is. That’s consensus, and that’s what I ran on," Biden stated. "I’ve long said compromise and consensus are the only way to get big things done in a democracy, important things done for our country. I know it’s hard. I know how deeply people feel about the things they fight for, but this framework includes historic investments in our nation and in our people."
"We can’t be competitive in the 21st-century global economy if we continue to slide," the president continued after detailing America's recent failings on addressing infrastructure and education. "That’s why I’ve said all along we need to build America up from the bottom up and the middle out, not from the top down, with the trickle-down economics that have always failed us. I can’t think of a single time the middle class has done well that the wealthy haven’t done very well. I can think of many times when the wealthy and superwealthy do very well and the middle class don’t do well."
"That’s why I proposed the investments Congress is now considering in two critical pieces of legislation, positions I ran on as president, positions announced when I laid out in a joint session of Congress what my economic agenda was," he added. "These are not about Left versus Right or moderate versus progressive or anything else that pits Americans against one another. This is about competitiveness versus complacency, competitiveness versus complacency. It’s about expanding opportunity, not opportunity to deny. It’s about leading the world."
Biden touted the economic benefits of the proposed legislation for seniors, for low-income families without internet access, and for beneficiaries of the expanded child tax credit.
But the framework is still a bitter bill to swallow for members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The caucus started out viewing the $3.5 trillion top-line number as a compromise and now are being asked to settle for half, with many priorities stripped out. The White House has signaled it will try to pass some of these policies later, but presently, the administration lacks the votes in a closely divided Congress.
As Biden left the podium, reporters shouted questions about whether centrist Democrats approved the framework.
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Original Author: Christian Datoc
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