White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Joe Biden will likely invite members of Congress to the White House next week for bipartisan meetings on his sprawling infrastructure and social welfare proposals.
Together, Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan would constitute roughly $4 trillion in new federal spending over the next decade, financed by a combination of tax hikes for corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
Congressional Republicans have balked at the proposed changes to the tax code, which would reverse certain provisions of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax law, while also taking issue with the White House’s definition of infrastructure — which they criticize as overly broad.
Last week, Senate Republicans rolled out a roughly $568 billion counterproposal to Biden’s more than $2 trillion infrastructure package that focuses most of its funding on more traditional elements of infrastructure, such as bridges, highways and roads.
On Tuesday, the White House revealed the details of its roughly $1.8 trillion families plan, which would invest more than $300 billion in universal prekindergarten and free community college, extend the expanded child tax credit through 2025 and make it permanently refundable, and designate $225 billion for the first national paid family and medical leave program.
Psaki promoted the two packages on Wednesday morning, hours before Biden is scheduled to deliver his first joint address to Congress. As administration officials have done over the course of the president’s first 100 days in office, Psaki stressed that Biden’s standard for bipartisanship was broad public support for his agenda — not necessarily votes from Republican lawmakers on White House-backed legislation.
“These are things the American people need, they want, they deserve,” Psaki said, adding: “We’re looking forward to having a discussion about where we can find agreement moving forward. And I expect the president will invite members down to the White House next week.”