Previous President ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Biden is finishing what Obama started with early learning Cotton tells Garland: ‘Thank goodness you’re not on the Supreme Court’ Budowsky: Vote for Terry McAuliffe: Midterm elections have begun MORE on Thursday he adopted the reduced framework for the Democrats’ social spending package released by the Biden administration, calling it a “big step forward,” even as some progressives express concern about what was left out.
“In a country as large and diverse as ours, progress can often be frustrating and slow, with small victories accompanied by frequent setbacks. But from time to time, it is still possible to take a big step forward,” Obama said. said in a statement upon President BidenJoe BidenBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for Removal of IRS Bank Reporting Proposal from Spending Bill Overnight Health Care – Presented by Altria – Vulnerable Democrats Push Drug Pricing Plan MORE$ 1.75 trillion proposal.
Obama noted the investments in child care included in the work that would guarantee access to early education for millions of children; expanded access to health care through tax credits and financing; and money for clean energy programs to combat climate change.
“The Build Back Better framework does not contain everything that the president proposed and that some expected,” Obama said. “But that’s the nature of progress in a democracy. The good news is that it represents the best opportunity we’ve had in years to build on the progress we made during my administration and address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
“I am grateful to President Biden, the Democrats in Congress and all who have raised their voices and put their faith in the government to do great things,” he added. “The fight continues, but today’s historic agreement is an important step in our long journey to live up to our highest ideals.”
Obama’s statement echoed Biden’s own comments at the White House, where he acknowledged that no one got everything they wanted in the frame. But Biden argued that it was critical that Congress pass his plan to ensure the country could remain economically competitive for years to come.
“I know it’s difficult, I know how deeply people feel about the things they fight for. But this framework includes historic investments in our nation and in our people,” Biden said.
The $ 1.75 trillion framework includes billions in funding for child care, health care, climate and housing programs. But it dropped significantly from the $ 3.5 trillion framework that Democrats proposed earlier this year and skips plans to cut prescription drug prices and offer paid family leave.
Several Democrats have expressed reservations about the framework, particularly progressives. Senator Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Democrats Hoping to Hold Big Oil ‘Accountable’ on Money: Will Joe Manchin ‘s Billionaires Tax Survive? Democrats cut paid leave from spending deal amid opposition from Manchin MORE (I-Vt.) He said the plan contained “big loopholes,” while some progressive House members indicated that, in the meantime, it would not be enough to win their support for a more specific infrastructure bill.