The president of the United States wants to pay with a massive infrastructure and social package. He has adopted many ideas from his former rival Bernie Sanders, including maternity leave.
Despite defeat in Afghanistan, chaos on the US southern border and high inflation, US President Joe Biden and his party face a legislative victory. If the Democrats manage to do the necessary maneuvers in Congress, they will be able to press ahead with reforms this fall that are more radical than they have been since the New Deal in the 1930s.
Congressional Democrats don’t just want to pass the infrastructure package negotiated with Senate Republicans, which would cost $1.2 trillion over ten years. In addition, they intend to proceed with a nearly three times more expensive project on “social, human and climate infrastructure” without a vote of the opposition parties. The first draft of this budget bill was drafted by Socialist Senator and one-time Biden rival Bernie Sanders and approved last week. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said it would “change the way our economy works for the average American.”