SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Congressman Neal provided a news conference to discuss President Biden’s first address to Congress.
Just after signing the American Rescue Plan into law, Joe Biden has proposed a $1.8 trillion package, which he says is aimed at supporting working class Americans.
Congressman Neal addressed Biden’s plan at the Springfield Federal Courthouse Thursday afternoon. He started off by saying that Biden has laid out a healing vision for Americans in his proposal. He’s hoping Republicans in Congress embrace it.
When asked about raising taxes, Neal said getting the plan laid out right now is more important than determining how it’ll all be paid, “My argument in the democratic caucus has been, ‘Tell us what you really want, what your desires are, and if you really want it, what are you willing to support to cast revenue for the outcome.'”
Biden’s proposal takes the governments support for families to a new level. It would further expand the child tax credit, allow Americans to attend community college for free, and guarantee 12 weeks of paid parental or family leave.
Now Republicans against Biden’s bill do not like big price tag, how it expands the government role, or raising taxes. Passing it will require all 50 democratic Senators to sign on.
In addition, Congressman Neal discussed the outline of his new bill that was unveiled Tuesday, “Building an Economy for Families Act”. The new plan will reshape the American economy through universal paid family and medical leave, guarantee access to child care, and permanently extend worker and family-related refundable tax credits from the American Rescue Plan.
The Building an Economy for Families Act also plans to:
- Provide universal paid family and medical leave for all U.S. workers.
- Increase funds for the Child Care Entitlement to States program.
- Provide a new refundable payroll tax credit for child care providers to raise the wages of essential child care workers.
- Permanently extends the American Rescue Plan’s historic expansions of the Child Tax Credit (CTC), Child and Dependent Care Credit (CDCC), and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
- Create a new Worker Information Network (WIN) to assist workers in accessing paid leave, unemployment insurance benefits, and child care.