The President chaired the first full cabinet meeting on Thursday
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 a massive program that will repair crumbling roads and bridges across the country and expand broadband internet connections. Biden has directed 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 large corporate tax hike. 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 ministerial committee, 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 Minister’s 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 advance 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, aid to companies and local authorities.