President Joe Biden traveled to the coast of Virginia to promote his plans to increase spending on education and children, part of his $ 1.8 trillion family proposal announced last week.
President Joe Biden traveled on Monday to the coast of Virginia to promote his plans to increase spending on education and children, part of his $ 1.8 trillion family proposal announced last week.
Visiting Tidewater Community College with First Lady Jill Biden, the president discussed his $ 109 billion proposal to provide Americans with two years of free community college. He is also seeking more than $ 80 billion for Pell Grants to help college accessibility and $ 62 billion for programs that could improve completion rates at community colleges and institutions that serve predominantly disadvantaged students.
The president said that education is the key to the country’s domination and that people need classes beyond high school for the country to be globally competitive.
“When America made 12 years of universal public education in America in the early 1900s, it made us the best educated nation in the world,” said Biden. “The rest of the world has caught up with us. They are not waiting. And 12 years is no longer enough to compete with the world in the 21st century and lead the 21st century ”.
Community college is a matter of personal importance for the Bidens. The first lady is an English teacher at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria.
“My students, like everyone here, I’m sure, come from all walks of life,” she said. “They show up, they don’t complain and everything they ask for is one thing in return: the chance to work hard and build a good life for themselves and their families. “
Biden joked that defending community colleges was crucial to his own marital happiness.
“I have to admit that if I didn’t have those positions, I would be sleeping in Lincoln’s room,” joked the president.
There is uncertainty as to whether Biden can obtain an ambitious set of spending programs through narrow Democratic majorities in Congress. He proposed a total of $ 4.1 trillion to be spent on infrastructure, broadband, new school buildings, electric vehicle recharging stations, electricity, children’s tax credits and childcare, among other programs.
All of this would be financed mainly by higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy, an idea that met with immediate opposition from Republicans.
The Bidens began their trip by visiting a fifth-grade class at Yorktown Elementary School.
The president asked the students, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“A stylist,” replied a student.
“A chef,” said another, to which Biden replied, “Dammit, I’m going to be screwed!”
“A hairdresser,” said one student. Biden joked, “I could use some, some hair, I mean.”