Biden’s package slashed 40% to $ 1.9 trillion
Joe Biden is forced to compromise on his “Build Back Better” program.
Originally, President Biden wanted a $ 3.2 trillion economic and climate package.
But Republicans wouldn’t jump on board – and some Democrats have said the price is too high.
Now Biden has cut about 40% of the bill with the new price at $ 1.9 trillion.
Tuition-free community colleges are being cut, child care and home care programs for the elderly are cut by almost 50%, and green energy initiatives are cut as well.
“Much of the Democratic caucus had been looking for some pretty big stuff that would try to steer the economy towards less carbon production, less CO2 in the atmosphere, potentially regulating business. Some of that might come out, ”said Seth Masket, professor of political science at the University of Denver.
He says the cuts are being driven by one man: Senator Joe Manchin.
Manchin, a Democrat, is trying to be reelected in West Virginia – a state that voted Republican by 30 points in the last presidential election.
He says he will only support a $ 1.5 trillion bill. He is also opposed to many green energy programs that would impact his base.
“This is an area where Joe Manchin has indicated he doesn’t want to see in the bill, especially because a large part of West Virginia’s economy relies on coal,” Maskin said.
Other programs have survived the budgeting process. The Build Back Better bill includes billions of dollars for housing, universal preschool and paid family leave.
“Parents can’t go to work if they don’t have daycare. Workers need paid family medical leave, so we have a healthcare infrastructure in this country that is in desperate need of repair, ”said Hannah Matthews, who works for the Center for Law and Social Policy.
She says these provisions are essential to help solve the labor shortage.
“We still have over two million women out of work compared to before the pandemic and they can’t go home without child care, they can’t go home without paid family medical leave,” Matthews said, “Worst of all case would be the following country as we have done for decades and it is simply unacceptable ”,
Keep in mind how quickly these discussions can evolve.
The president is motivated to adopt legislation before the end of the year.