The White House’s decision to push twin sprawling infrastructure packages is complicating its pathway to passage and the Biden administration’s messaging strategy.
President Joe Biden unveiled his monster $2.25 trillion “American Jobs Plan” in Pittsburgh Wednesday, along with a corporate tax hike framework as administration officials said another massive spending bill would soon follow.
But the White House’s decision to divide the packages, bundled together as part of the “Build Back Better” infrastructure platform on which Biden campaigned, so far is confusing lawmakers, lobbyists, and experts alike. The president’s generous “infrastructure” definition not only means he has plenty of what Republicans see as poison pill spending but also a tougher pitch to voters.
The White House’s bifurcated approach to infrastructure amounts to “new territory,” according to Michele Nellenbach, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s strategic initiatives vice president.
Biden’s second package, marketed as his “American Families Plan,” is better described as