Biden instructs five ministers to push forward infrastructure modernization plan

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President Joe Biden chaired the first full cabinet meeting on Thursday, instructing five cabinet members to spearhead a campaign to push the $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan to the American public.

On Wednesday, the president unveiled plans for an ambitious program that includes repairing crumbling roads and bridges across the country and expanding broadband internet connections. Biden has instructed all federal executives to review spending items to ensure they are following the Buy American rule to maximize employment opportunities for US residents.

Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will promote the infrastructure plan to the public on behalf of the President.

While most US lawmakers generally support increases in infrastructure spending in their states and localities, GOP leaders in Congress have criticized Biden’s plan for the associated significant corporate tax increases. This, according to opponents of the president, will ultimately lead to higher prices for consumer goods.

The White House said that 25 people attended the meeting of the committee of ministers, including Vice President Kamala Harris and the heads of many departments, including the Department of Defense, State Department and Treasury. The meeting was also attended by other senior members of the administration, including the Director of National Intelligence.

The meeting took place not in the Cabinet of Ministers meeting room, but in the East Hall of the White House, where it is easier to maintain social distancing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. All participants in the meeting were wearing masks.

In addition to a plan to modernize infrastructure, administration officials are working to push an already approved $ 1.9 trillion bill to help the economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Biden signed this law in March, providing direct payments to many Americans, assistance to companies and local authorities.

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