Biden to prioritize infrastructure in first stage of economic recovery plan

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President Biden will make infrastructure a key priority in his economic recovery plan, which he will announce on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki lamented on Sunday that the United States is behind other countries when it comes to infrastructure investment and said the president is willing to hear Republicans’ ideas on how to approach the issue.

“We shouldn’t be 13th in the world,” Psaki told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

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Psaki said the details of the recovery package, which will be split into two bills, is still being worked out, but Biden will prepare more remarks on the plan next month. Other aspects the president will work on includes healthcare, child care, and addressing the high rate of women who have left the workforce since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Child care and the cost of healthcare are expected to be included in the second package.

Biden’s Build Back Better package is a follow-up to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed by Congress earlier this month.

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The president’s two proposals are expected to cost around $3 trillion, with the spending to be split up over a decade.

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