The Biden administration is preparing a $3 trillion economic plan on infrastructure and domestic policies, while US joins international coalition in sanctioning China over violence toward Uyghur Muslims, and more.
Biden Administration Preparing $3 Trillion Economic Plan
Officials from the Biden administration are preparing a $3 trillion spending proposal aimed at domestic priorities such as childcare and drug costs, as well as infrastructure and jobs under its “Build Back Better” proposal.
With an estimated $3 trillion price tag, it follows on the heels of the $1.9 trillion economic relief package signed into law earlier this month. The package could create fights in Congress over hot-button issues such as taxes and climate change, The Hill reported.
According to multiple reports, the new spending package is expected to be divided into two separate bills. The first bill will focus on strengthening or rebuilding infrastructure, climate change measures, manufacturing, broadband and 5G, and improving the nation’s roads and bridges. The second bill would be focused on domestic priorities such as funding pre-k programs, free community college tuition, healthcare subsidies, and child tax credits.
“President Biden and his team are considering a range of potential options for how to invest in working families and reform our tax code so it rewards work, not wealth,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki via a statement released on Monday. “Those conversations are ongoing, so any speculation about future economic proposals is premature and not a reflection of the White House’s thinking.”
US Joins Other Allies in Sanctioning China
The Biden administration has joined Britain, Canada, and the European Union in announcing sanctions levied on several Chinese officials who are alleged to have links to what officials say is a campaign of systematic violence and oppression against Uyghur Muslims, Politico first reported.
After the international, coordinated sanctions were announced, China condemned the move and enacted immediate retaliatory sanctions.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement, “The United States reiterates its calls on the PRC to bring an end to the repression of Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang, including by releasing all those arbitrarily held in internment camps and detention facilities.”
Pelosi and Others Make Call for Reform Following Colorado Tragedy
After the tragic loss of life in Colorado this week, Senate Democrats say now is the moment to “make our stand” on gun reform. House Speaker Pelosi joined the call to action following the grocery store shooting that claimed ten lives, including a police officer.
“This is the moment to make our stand. NOW,” Senator Murphy wrote in a tweet. “Today, our movement is stronger than the gun lobby. They are weak. We are potent. Finally, a President and a Congress that supports gun reform. No more Newtowns. No more Parklands. No more Boulders. Now — we make our stand.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also joined in on the call to action on Tuesday, The Hill reported.
“Action is needed now to prevent this scourge from continuing to ravage our communities,” Pelosi said in a statement. “While we await further information on the details of this heinous crime, we continue to stand with victims, families and young people across the country saying, ‘Enough is enough.’ Democrats will keep fighting to end the daily tragedy of gun violence and keep our communities safe.”