Politics Job numbers disappoint as Biden continues to push infrastructure plan
Opinion: What Biden did with his Trump inheritance
As President Joe Biden approaches his 100th day in office, CNN Opinion asked contributors to share their assessment of the Democratic leader's performance thus far.David Axelrod: A welcome tonic after years of chaos
April jobs numbers came in below expectations Friday as President Biden continues to promote legislation the White House has says would create millions of jobs repairing the nation’s infrastructure.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported just 266,000 new jobs over the month of April after some experts expected potentially a million. Unemployment also rose slightly, to 6.1 percent from 6.0 percent. The report also had worse news for March numbers, which saw a revision down to 777,000 from the original 916,000 increase reported last month.
Biden to propose $1.8 trillion 'families plan' with paid leave, child care, universal pre-K, free community college
The plan is the second piece of Biden's 'Build Back Better' economic agenda following the release of a $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan.Biden is set to formally introduce his American Families Plan at his first address before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night. It's the second piece of his "Build Back Better" economic agenda following the release of a $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan released earlier this month.
Biden has been touting the record number of jobs created in the initial months of a presidency, and while much of the country is reopening, many areas are still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The United States reported more than 70,000 new cases and hundreds of deaths per day in mid-April.
Biden is set to deliver remarks on the jobs numbers later Friday morning and his Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, is set to take questions at the White House briefing. Payroll positions are still 8 million below the pre-pandemic levels of February 2020.
The president has been lobbying hard for his American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion legislative package he hopes would put Americans to work at everything from repairing roads and bridges to overhauling the country’s electrical grid and expanding broadband internet. Biden focused on the proposal during his joint address to Congress last week.
The politics of going big
Women and people of color were crucial to Biden’s presidential win, and they’re crucial to his jobs plan.Taken together, President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan and newly introduced $1.8 trillion American Families Plan come out to slightly over $4 trillion in proposed new spending. It’s an enormous investment in American job creation; the last bipartisan infrastructure bill Congress passed in 2015 clocked in at about $305 billion — about one-thirteenth the size of Biden’s proposed plan. And Obama’s $800 billion stimulus plan of 2009 was about one-fifth of Biden’s plan, not even taking into account the $1.
“Nearly 90 percent of the infrastructure jobs created by the American Jobs Plan do not require a college degree,” Biden said. “Seventy-five percent don’t require an associate’s degree. The American Jobs Plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build America, that’s what it is.”
Biden continued promoting the package Thursday in Lake Charles, Louisiana, tying the plan to the push to fight climate change, saying, “When I think about the threats of hurricanes and global warming and then the poor condition of our economy as it relates particularly to infrastructure, I think of one thing: I think of jobs. Jobs. Jobs. “
As negotiations over the infrastructure bill continue, the White Houseto discuss the bill. Biden said he’s willing to work with Republicans on the legislation, but 100 percent of his focus is on “stopping” Biden.
5 winners and 3 losers from President Biden’s first congressional address
Winner: Obamacare. Loser: Wall Street.“After just 100 days — I can report to the nation: America is on the move again,” Biden said during his speech. “Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.
Democrats could still use the process of reconciliation to pass the bill with 50 Senate votes if they can get every member of their caucus on board., every key component of Biden’s plan received majority support from Americans.
Some Republicans have been blaming the expanded federal unemployment insurance payments of $300 per week, the equivalent of a $15,600 annual salary, for some businesses being unable to fill positions. On Thursday, South Carolina announced it would be withdrawing from the program, one day after Montana’s Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte said his state would be doing the same by June 27.
In a letter to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce,“What was intended to be a short-term financial assistance for the vulnerable and displaced during the height of the pandemic has turned into a dangerous federal entitlement, incentivizing and paying workers to stay at home rather than encouraging them to return to the workplace.”
Fact-checking Biden's first joint address to Congress
In his first joint address to Congress, President Joe Biden struck an optimistic tone, speaking for more than an hour and pushing his expansive vision of building America "back better" by touting his vast infrastructure plan and praising the progress the country has made against Covid-19. © CNN While Biden's speech was, for the most part, factually accurate there were a few incorrect claims -- notably at times when he went off script -- and some that require context and explanation.
However, in the latest jobs report the labor participation rate — the percentage of people working or looking for work — ticked up slightly from March, andhaving success hiring new workers when they offered higher wages.
Read more from Yahoo News:
Susan Wright, congressman's widow, makes US House runoff in Texas .
Rep. Ron Wright died just weeks into office after a COVID diagnosis. His widow, endorsed by Donald Trump, is now in a runoff for his seat.But who she will face remained too early to call. With nearly all votes counted, Republican Jake Ellzey led Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez by 354 votes in the race for the second runoff spot in Texas' 6th Congressional District, which has long been GOP territory.