US President Joe Biden will speak in front of the White House in Washington, USA on April 27, 2021 on the government’s response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
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President Joe Biden will notify Congress on Wednesday of $ 1.8 trillion in new spending and tax credits for children, students and families, senior administration officials said.
Biden will unveil the massive new package less than a month after the White House presented a sweeping proposal to spend more than $ 2 trillion on infrastructure and other projects in eight years. Together, the plans include the Biden administration’s vision to overtake the U.S. economy as the nation seeks to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and look beyond.
The new proposal, which includes about $ 1 trillion in investments over a decade and $ 800 billion in tax credits, will be partially offset in 15 years by an increase in taxes paid by the richest Americans, the said White House.
Here are some of the requirements of the new plan:
- $ 225 billion for quality childcare and ensuring families pay only a fraction of their income for childcare services, based on a sliding scale
- $ 225 billion to create a national comprehensive paid family and sick leave program
- $ 200 billion for a free universal preschool for all three- and four-year-olds offered through a national partnership with states
- $ 109 billion to ensure a two-year free community college for all students
- Approximately $ 85 billion for Pell Grants and increase the maximum award for low-income students by approximately $ 1,400
- A $ 62 billion scholarship program to increase student retention and graduation rates
- A $ 39 billion program that engages students from families with incomes less than $ 125,000 who are attending a four-year historically black college or university, tribal college, or minority university or institution, are enrolled, are granted subsidized tuition for two years
- $ 45 billion to meet the nutritional needs of children, including by expanding access to the summer EBT program
- $ 200 billion to make the $ 1.9 trillion Covid stimulus deployment permanent and lower health insurance premiums for those who buy insurance themselves
- The expansion of the child tax credit, which was included in the Covid relief bill, has been extended to 2025 and is permanently refunded in full
- Make the recent expansion of the child and care-dependent tax credit permanent
- Make the Earned Income Tax Credit permanent for childless workers
“These are investments that we as a country cannot afford,” a senior civil servant said on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday evening.
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To fund the laundry list with programs and tax breaks, the proposal would partially reverse key elements of the 2017 Tax Cut Act, the main legislative achievement of former President Donald Trump’s first year in office.
The Biden government’s new spending plan would raise the highest income tax rate for the richest Americans to 39.6%. This rate has been reduced to 37% under the 2017 Act for married couples with taxable income greater than $ 600,000.
The plan would also aim to close a number of so-called tax loopholes and raise taxes on capital gains to 39.6% for households making more than $ 1 million.
The Biden government claims that under the new plan, no one earning $ 400,000 a year or less will see their taxes rise.
Biden will detail the plan on Wednesday evening during a face-to-face address to a joint congressional session, which will also set out his administration’s broader future legislative priorities. The event takes place on the eve of Biden’s 100th day in office.