Joe Biden takes Jill to schools in Virginia to pitch his $ 4 trillion plan for jobs and families

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President Joe Biden headed to Yorktown, Virginia on Monday as his government starts a blitzkrieg to sell his $ 4.1 trillion federal spending package amid negotiations with Republicans.

Jill Biden, a teacher, joins him on a journey to showcase the educational component of his plans. The couple will attend two schools: Yorktown Elementary School and Tidewater Community College.

The first couple, who wore face masks when they left the White House, embarked on a week-long push by the Biden government to sell its massive social welfare and infrastructure plans.

The first lady will depart west on Wednesday to visit Utah, Nevada and Colorado. Vice President Kamala Harris is in Milwaukee Tuesday and Wednesday in Providence, RI. Doug Emhoff will visit the Lehigh Valley on Wednesdays. President Biden will visit New Orleans on Thursday.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden headed to Yorktown, Virginia on Monday as his government starts a blitzkrieg to sell its $ 4.1 trillion federal spending package

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden headed to Yorktown, Virginia on Monday as his government starts a blitzkrieg to sell its $ 4.1 trillion federal spending package

The Bidens will attend two schools: Yorktown Elementary School and Tidewater Community College

The Bidens will attend two schools: Yorktown Elementary School and Tidewater Community College

Polls show conflicting feelings about Biden’s $ 2.3 trillion job package – a massive infrastructure law that Republicans have criticized for containing items other than traditional infrastructure, such as housing for the elderly and a Climate Corp.

April Fools Ipsos Poll found that only 45% supported the plan, but many elements in the proposal had strong support, such as the repair or replacement of US ports, railways, bridges and highways (79%) and investment in home care for the elderly or disabled (78%).

Biden plans to pay for his ambitious jobs agenda with an increase in corporate tax.

He will also pitch his second proposal, one He plans $ 1.8 trillion families in his speech to Congress last week. Called a ‘human infrastructure’ law, it focuses on social programs such as education and health, and is funded through a tax increase for the wealthy.

Many of the items – the expanded child tax credit, extensive paid family and medical leave, free education, and universal pre-K – are polling well among voters.

Republicans complain about the costs and the expanded role in government that the programs would bring.

They have countered Biden’s infrastructure plan with a smaller proprietary proposal that focuses on traditional items and have called the president’s plan a non-starter.

Later this week, Jill Biden is heading to the West Coast and Joe Biden to New Orleans

Later this week, Jill Biden is heading to the West Coast and Joe Biden to New Orleans

Jill Biden's face mask had pearl detailing on the straps, which matched her pearl bracelet

Jill Biden’s face mask had pearl detailing on the straps, which matched her pearl bracelet

Democrats control both houses of Congress, but have a small margin in Parliament. In the Senate, Biden needs at least 10 Republican votes to get his proposals through the legislative process.

As part of the negotiations, Biden will receive conference leaders in both sides at the White House next week on May 12. It is a different step from the negotiations in the $ 1.9 trillion COVID emergency plan adopted in March, which did not garner any Republican vote.

‘We are going to work with Republicans. We are going to find common ground. You know, the Senate passed an overwhelming margin last week, part of a water infrastructure bill that is part of our job plan. So I think you’re starting to see some progress here, ” White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on CBS ‘Face the Nation’ on Sunday.

The president is considering splitting his American Jobs Plan into separate bills to help get them through Congress.

“ President Biden has been clear that he knows this is a negotiation, that he knows that negotiation requires compromise at some point, and that he wants to continue this package in a two-pronged way, if possible, ” said senior adviser. the White House Anita Dunn. said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. ‘We look forward to talking to you. We are open to people’s ideas. Now is the time for discussions and ideas for the White House. ‘

That plan, which focuses on infrastructure, has Republican backing for traditional things like repairing roads and bridges and expanding broadband internet.

The GOP has launched a $ 568 billion plan that focuses on roads, transit systems and broadband internet.

“Frankly, if the White House is going to work with us, this is a deal we can do,” Republican Senator Rob Portman said in Meet the Press on Sunday.

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