Joe Biden set to announce universal pre-schooling at joint session of Congress

Washington DC - President Joe Biden is set to propose a massive social benefits package during his first ever address to a joint session of Congress on April 28, aimed at supporting families and increasing funding for education.

Adequate childcare became a major struggle for many families during the pandemic as schools closed and parents were laid off (stock image).
Adequate childcare became a major struggle for many families during the pandemic as schools closed and parents were laid off (stock image).  © 123rf/ Graham Oliver

The plan would cost about $1.8 trillion over 10 years and is to be financed with tax increases and more consistent collection of taxes due, the White House announced on April 27.

Biden's proposal includes investments of about $1 trillion and $800 billion in tax reductions for families, according to his administration.

For example, the president plans to spend $200 billion on funding two years of pre-school for 3 and 4-year-olds.

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The government also aims to invest about $109 billion to offer two years of free undergraduate studies at community colleges, which gives students the opportunity of a more affordable college degree afterwards.

Another $85 billion is to be spent on the extension of existing scholarships.

In addition, Biden wants to expand the child tax credit and help with childcare costs, depending on income. Paid sick leave and up to three months of maternity leave are also slated to become the norm.

The president's proposals need to be approved by Congress. While the Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives, they would need Republican support in the Senate to pass the package.

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