Progressives want more money for social projects

Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Progressives on Wednesday viewed President Biden‘s latest spending plan on families as a good start, but said the $1.8 trillion proposal is still too small to provide a necessary safety net for the American public.

Biden’s tax and spending plan makes major new investments in education, child care and paid family leave and is funded by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. But the plan didn’t go far enough on universal child care, free college tuition, health care and child tax credits, according to some Democrats who wanted a more sweeping proposal.

New York Democratic Rep. Ritchie Torres, a major backer of the expanded child tax credit, said Biden’s proposal fell short because he failed to permanently extend the payments to parents.

“The American Families Plan is incomplete without a permanent child tax credit,” Torres told Fox News Wednesday. “We are in the midst of an FDR moment, which comes only once a century. If we let our FDR moment pass us by, without making the child tax credit permanent, we will live to regret it.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the leader of the House Progressive Caucus, had previously led an effort with more than 80 House Democrats to urge Biden to include an expansion of Medicare in his family-focused spending proposal. But Biden’s plan didn’t do anything to lower the Medicare eligibility age as they requested, and Jayapal said that’s the “wrong approach.”

“The proposed plan has many first good steps — but now is the time to go BIG and BOLD,” Jayapal tweeted. “Let’s deliver for people across America.”

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