In His First Speech to Congress, Biden Will Push $4 Trillion Spending Plans


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President Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping $1.8 trillion package for families and education in his first speech to Congress on Wednesday, as he stresses the need to invest to compete with China, the White House said.

Biden will speak at 9 p.m. (0100 GMT Thursday) inside the U.S. Capitol at an event scaled back this year because of the pandemic. He will use the speech to outline his priorities for the rest of his first year in office.

Hewill argue that the new package, which together with an earlier infrastructure and jobs plan, totals around $4 trillion, rivaling the annual federal budget – is a once-in-a-generation investment vital to America’s future.

The Democratic president will also plead directly with lawmakers to pass legislation to curb police violence, senior administration officials said,speaking on condition of anonymity.

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