The White House is pushing forward with its expansive definition of infrastructure as it sells President Joe Biden’s recently unveiled $2.25 trillion spending package to lawmakers and the public.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was needled Wednesday during a joint briefing with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on why the Biden administration is proposing to spend $400 billion on home healthcare workers when the package was widely anticipated to focus on infrastructure.
“This is essentially a jobs bill,” Psaki told reporters. “Yes, there’s a lot in here that is infrastructure. But as the secretary just conveyed, our workers, our workforce is part of the backbone and the infrastructure of America’s economy and communities.”
Republicans are seizing on how Biden’s “American Jobs Plan” allocates only $621 billion of the $2 trillion price tag to traditional transport infrastructure projects, such as rebuilding roads, bridges,