Joe Biden Planning $1 Trillion More Spending for Child Care, Universal Pre-School, and Free Community Colleges

President Joe Biden speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

President Joe Biden and his administration have already outlined their next big spending bill, The American Families Plan. A basic outline of the second bill was revealed by the Washington Post on Tuesday citing “two people aware of internal discussions.”

The bill will likely include $225 billion for child-care, $200 billion for universal preschool, and hundreds of billions for tuition-free community colleges, according to the Post.

Other priorities include $225 billion for paid family and medical leave and an expansion of food stamp programs.

The White House said in a statement the reported details of the second spending package were still subject to change.

The package would also include an extension of the expanded child tax credit that was included in Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package.

The tax credit this year offers families $3,600 per young child under five and $3,000 per child ages 6-17. The White House would like to see that credit expanded through 2025.

To pay for the plan, Biden would increase taxes on the wealthy and investors, and boost tax enforcement at the IRS.

Biden’s combined spending proposals tied together with the $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package would end with a whopping $5.4 trillion dollars in spending in the first year of his presidency.

The president would have to ask Congress to move all of his spending packages forward using reconciliation, with complete unity among Democrats in the Senate. Republicans remain opposed to Biden’s proposed tax hikes as well as the massive cost of his planned spending.

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