ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE AMERICAN JOBS PLAN

by: CBSNEWS


"In his first Cabinet meeting on Thursday, President Biden announced that he had tapped five Cabinet secretaries to spearhead his efforts to get his massive $2 trillion infrastructure proposal approved by Congress. The meeting comes after the president unveiled the American Jobs Plan on Wednesday, promising that it would be a "once in a generation investment in America."


"While most of the Cabinet will have a role in helping shape and press the Jobs Plan, today I'm announcing that I'm asking five Cabinet members to take special responsibility to explain the plan to the American public," Mr. Biden said in remarks to the press during the meeting at the White House.


He announced that his emissaries on the American Jobs Plan will be Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

"Working with my team here in the White House, these Cabinet members will represent me in dealing with Congress, engage the public in selling the plan and help work out the details as we refine it and move forward," Mr. Biden said. All of Mr. Biden's Cabinet secretaries had been confirmed by the Senate since he took office 10 weeks ago, as well as most of his nominees to other Cabinet-level positions.


Mr. Biden's wide-ranging infrastructure plan tackles a litany of issues, including transportation, energy and affordable housing, meaning that it falls under the jurisdiction of multiple agencies across federal government. The proposal would also be paid for with an overhaul of the nation's corporate tax policy by raising corporate tax rates from 21% to 28%, and would renegotiate with other countries a global minimum tax on multinational corporations."


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