President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan will put the nation back on track to lead again by going big on investments to bolster the middle class, expand job opportunities in growing sectors such as care, and increase accessibility to high-quality education for all Americans.
Here’s what they’re saying:
The New York Times: Biden’s Proposals Aim to Give Sturdier Support to the Middle Class
President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar suite of economic proposals is aiming to both reinforce and rebuild an American middle class that feels it has been standing on shifting ground. And it comes with an explicit message that the private sector alone cannot deliver on that dream and that the government has a central part to play.
“When you look at periods of shared growth,” said Brian Deese, director of Mr. Biden’s National Economic Council, “what you see is that public investment has played an absolutely critical role, not to the exclusion of private investment and innovation, but in laying the foundation.”
Mr. Biden’s spending plans — a $2.3 trillion infrastructure package called the American Jobs Plan, and a $1.8 trillion American Families Plan that concentrates on social spending — aim to take account of just how much the work force and the economy have transformed over the past half-century and where they may be headed in the next.
Business Insider: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says Americans can expect a ‘big return’ from Biden’s $4.1 trillion spending proposal
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen reiterated her support for President Joe Biden’s spending plans on Sunday, pitching the measures as strong investments in the country’s future.
“I don’t believe that inflation will be an issue, but if it becomes an issue, we have tools to address it,” she added. “These are historic investments that we need to make our economy productive and fair.”
Associated Press: AP-NORC poll: Government should help Americans age at home
A majority of Americans agree that government should help people fulfill a widely held aspiration to age in their own homes, not institutional settings, a new poll finds.
There’s a surprising level of bipartisan agreement on some proposals that could help make that happen, according to the late March survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Still, Republicans lag Democrats in support of some policies, including the most far-reaching idea: Only 42% of Republicans favor a government long-term care insurance program for all Americans, compared with 78% of Democrats. Overall, 60% of the public supports that approach.
For example, 63% favor more funding to help low-income people age at home, a policy reflected in President Joe Biden’s stimulus plan and his COVID-19 relief law. That includes about half of Republicans and about three-quarters of Democrats. Overall, only 10% are opposed.
Forbes: 4 Ways The “American Jobs Plan” Could Rebuild The Infrastructure Of Disabled People’s Lives
Wednesday night, April 28, 2021, President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress, outlining plans for a stronger American economy and a more just society. Early in fleshing out the problems his proposals would address, Biden noted that, “800,000 families are on the Medicare waiting list right now to get home care for their aging parent or loved one with disability.” [Note: he almost certainly misspoke here and meant to say Medicaid, which is the primary funder of long-term home care].
Presidents rarely mention disability issues on a national stage. But this is only part of how one of the Biden Administration’s new initiatives could be a real opportunity for the disability community. “The American Jobs Plan” holds enormous potential for making millions of disabled Americans’ lives better in concrete, permanent ways. Here are four parts of the plan that deserve serious attention:
The New York Times: Biden Directs Education Funding to Community Colleges, a Key Lifeline
There are more than five million students, many of them from low-income families, enrolled at the nation’s 1,000 community colleges. Like Ms. Medeiros, many of them stand to see a considerably strengthened lifeline to the middle class in the sweeping higher education provisions in President Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan.
The proposal calls for community college to be free for all Americans. For low-income students like Ms. Medeiros, that would free Pell grant money to be spent on the living expenses that prevent many from completing degrees.
Proponents of the idea say it will relieve some of the burdens saddling low-income and working-class college students, many of whom struggle to cover tuition costs while at the same time paying for rent, food and other basic needs. Juan Salgado, chancellor of the 70,000-student City Colleges of Chicago system, said that by providing some free post-secondary education, Mr. Biden’s plan would bring education into the 21st century.