MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The president’s major national agenda includes proposals for child care programs, universal pre-kindergarten and an extension of the child tax credit.
But it’s still not clear if Democrats have the votes to pass it.
During the election campaign, Joe Biden made a lot of promises. One of the most important was the free community college for all and the free preschool for all 3 and 4 year olds.
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But the president had to revise his proposals recently downwards. The community college is now over, the victim of endless negotiations with his own party.
Two senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, forced the president to make big cuts to gain their support.
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The child tax credit is also reduced. Since July, millions of families have been receiving checks of $ 250 to $ 300 per month for each child in their household. Progressives want to make this permanent, but for now it looks like it will be extended for a year.
“This is a very popular program, it is considered to be the one that halves child poverty and I think it is an investment in which we must continue to invest,” said representative Ilhan Omar, in the WCCO’s Talking Points segment on Sunday.
Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is the whip of the Progressive Caucus, which means she is responsible for attracting votes.
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The president’s paid leave proposal was also reduced from 12 weeks to 4. These cuts angered progressives who at times threatened to withhold their support.
“What we are saying is that we cannot try to give too many concessions to these two Senators without making concessions to the progressive bloc, and I think we will try to find a happy medium,” said Omar.
Other line items that appear include the expansion of Medicare to include free dental and hearing aids for the elderly, as well as proposals on climate change. The new deadline for passing the reduced bill is Halloween.
The concern of critics is of course the cost. Originally as expensive as $ 3 trillion, the President’s proposal has now fallen to about $ 2 trillion. The latest proposal on how to pay is a billionaire tax.