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Biden Priorities and obstacles

Biden Priorities and obstacles

Havana, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The infrastructure investment plan for some two billion dollars for the next few years in the United States and a broad reform of electoral laws constitute two of President Joe Biden's main legislative priorities.
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According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the Democratic leader is eager to continue discussions on his program to invest large sums in roads, bridges and other works, as well as in the fight against climate change and the care of children and the elderly.

However, disputes over the issue continue to center on how that plan should be financed, as the president insists on raising taxes on large corporations, something that Republicans reject.

Another proposal prioritized by the head of the White House is the reform of the electoral laws, now under consideration by the Senate. The so-called Law for the People is expressly intended to protect the right to vote and to compensate for the actions developed in recent months by the Republican party in numerous states to restrict the attendance at the polls of broad sectors of society.

Experts insist that this legislation, of some 900 pages, is the broadest ever on the electoral issue, but it will collapse in the Senate in the face of the obstructionist strategy of the Republicans.

As part of the Democratic offensive, Vice President Kamala Harris will meet in the coming weeks with representatives of voter rights organizations to present the administration’s arguments against the ballot access restriction measures passed in Florida, Georgia, Texas and Arizona.

Either way, both the American Jobs Plan (investment bill) and this far-reaching election reform are vital pieces for the president and his allies as a sure-fire ticket to the 2022 midterm elections.

In that contest, those of the Democratic party intend to maintain the majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, but some experts go further and say that the two pieces of legislation are intended to pave the way for Democratic candidates who decide to run for the presidency and vice-presidency of the United States in 2024. Perhaps that’s why Biden wants to invest big now.

(Taken from Orbe)


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