President Joe Biden on Wednesday is scheduled to pitch his plans for new investments in child care, education and other social spending, as he ramps up a push for his economic agenda.
Biden will speak in Crystal Lake, Ill., after touring a community college “to see how his Build Back Better agenda will help students and educators,” according to the White House.
Biden’s so-called American Families Plan offers two years of free community college, expands access to child care, and creates a paid family and medical leave program. The president has proposed extra taxes on the wealthy to pay for it.
The president is pitching his families plan after signing on in June to an infrastructure
deal, which the White House is working to pass with bipartisan support.
Meanwhile, congressional Democrats are working on a broader bill that they are aiming to pass through a process known as reconciliation. That would enable Biden’s party to pass social-spending legislation through the evenly divided Senate with a simple majority, and skirt the 60-vote hurdle most bills need to pass.
Biden has said he would prefer that the two bills move through Congress together, and Democrats are hoping to make progress this month on both.
“As the president presses for the bipartisan infrastructure framework, he’s also pressing ahead on a dual track for the full breadth and scope of the Build Back Better agenda, which includes his critical climate priorities and the American Families Plan,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday when previewing Biden’s plans.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
turned lower early Wednesday following a report that job openings in the U.S. rose slightly in May to a record 9.21 million. The number of available jobs has set a record for three straight months.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.