“Pay them more.” This is how the American president responded Joe Biden (photo) before the questions about the lack of manpower during a press conference where the president announced a massive investment plan in infrastructure after months of negotiations between the White House and Congress.
“I’m not criticizing you, I really mean it. They ask me, ‘Well you know what? Employers can’t find workers, ‘”said the president, referring to the queries that raised the lack of manpower. “I told them, ‘Pay them more,'” Biden stated in a simulated whisper. “This is now a bargaining chip for employees,” he added.
The plan is supported by more than 1.2 trillion dollars of investments in eight years (973,000 million in the first five years), specified the White House. Some 312,000 million are for transport, including routes and airports, and 266,000 million dollars in other infrastructures such as drinking water service or higher bandwidth internet.
While this represents a big step forward, this agreement does not mark the end of the discussions. “I have no guarantee” of getting the votes to pass this bill in the Senate, Biden acknowledged, although he was optimistic. “Neither party got what it wanted,” he stressed, assuring that it is the price of obtaining a consensus.
By the end of March Biden had proposed to invest about $ 2 trillion in infrastructure over eight years, in order to create “millions of jobs” in the United States, to stay ahead as a world economy ahead of China and also to fight against climate change.
The main agreement between Republicans and Democrats concerns the financing of this vast infrastructure project. Republicans rejected a corporate tax hike proposed by Biden, while the White House rejected new taxes – such as on gasoline – on households that receive less than $ 400,000 annually.
The agreement finally envisages a plan to strengthen tax inspections to reduce evasion and redirect funds unlocked in 2020 to fight the pandemic that were not used., among other measures.