Biden is on his way to south-eastern Virginia this morning to promote those infrastructure and welfare plans, as the president aims to win at least a bit of Republican support for his trillion dollar bills.
Biden announced his $1.8tn American Families Plan last week. It would include $1tn in spending on education and childcare over 10 years, and $800bn in tax credits aimed at middle- and low-income families. It would also allocate $200 billion for free, universal preschool and $109 billion for free community college, regardless of income for two years, Reuters reported.
If the president has his way, the American Families Plan would be joined by a $2tn infrastructure plan, which would see huge investment in transport, housing and commercial buildings, green jobs and social care.
Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, are pitching up at an elementary school in Yorktown this morning, and the pair are due to deliver remarks at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia, this afternoon.
The president has said he wants to work with Republicans to pass the legislation, but there seems scant chance of that. Biden’s biggest achievement so far was the passage of a $1.9tn Covid relief package, but not a single Republican in Congress voted for it.
Democrats hold narrow majorities in the House and the Senate, which means they could push through legislation without Republican approval – if no Democrats waver.
The party of the president traditionally struggles in the mid-term elections – the next ones are in November 2022 – so the clock is ticking for Democrats to get their bills passed.
Biden to tout $4tn infrastructure and welfare plan
Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of today’s political news.
•Joe Biden is continuing the sales tour for his trillion dollar social welfare and infrastructure spending plans today. The president is traveling to Virginia to speak at a community college, as he bids to win support – from politicians and the public – for nearly $4tn of investment.
•The Biden administration is beginning to re-unite families that were separated at the Mexico border during Donald Trump’s presidency. Four families, which include mothers separated from their children in 2017, will be reunited in the US this week, Associated Press reported, in what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said was “just the beginning” of a broader effort.
•Facebook is set to announce whether it will let Trump return to the platform, the social media giant said. Facebook will reveal its decision on Wednesday. Trump was banned from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube following the Capitol riots in January. Twitter has said Trump will not be allowed to return.
•The funeral for Andrew Brown Jr will take place in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, today. Brown, a Black man, was shot dead by police on April 21, one day after Derek Chauvin was convicted of killing George Floyd. Brown’s death has prompted protests in North Carolina over the past two weeks. Members of the families of George Floyd and Eric Garner will attend, CNN reported.