US President Joe Biden held his first in-person Cabinet meeting one day after announcing his massive infrastructure plan. "And today, I return as your president, to lay out the vision of how I believe we do that - rebuild the backbone of America".
They are hoping the model could be replicated with the infrastructure plan, but every Democrat would again have to vote together, including some moderates who could express reservations about an eventual bill.
Biden's remarks were tied to Friday's jobs report, which saw the economy add 916,000 jobs, far outpacing economists' expectations of 660,000.
"I think the Republicans" voters are going to have a lot to say about whether we get a lot of this done, ' he told reporters as he exited the room. "This is going to boost America's innovative edge in markets for global leaderships up for grabs, markets like battery technology, biotechnology, computer chips, clean energy, the competition with China in particular".
Biden spoke to reporters about his plan at the White House on Friday morning before leaving for the weekend.
"New economic strategy deserves the credit for growth". "There's talent, innovation everywhere".
"Economy can be reversed; infrastructure plan needed to build back better for good".
"American rescue plan is starting to make a real difference in the economy". This plan focused on creating vaccination distribution sites, supporting families by distributing $1,400 stimulus checks and lowering health insurance premiums. "Ordinary Americans", he said.
Joe Biden defended raising taxes in order to pay for his high-priced infrastructure package.
"Raising taxes, studies show, will not slow the economy", Biden said.
Biden said no one making less than $400,000 will see an increase in their taxes - dispelling worries that many Americans had throughout Biden's campaign and presidency. "This is not about penalizing anyone".
"If the Republicans decide that we need it but they're not going to pay for it, it's just going to increase the deficit", Biden said.
'If the Republicans argue that we don't need infrastructure.
'I don't think the American people gave them a mandate to drive our country all the way to the political left, ' McConnell said Thursday from Kentucky.