Vermont Rep. Peter Welch was in Burlington on Monday to take a look at Burlington High School’s downtown campus and push President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending bill.
Welch spoke about how the bill and a related $1 trillion infrastructure bill would improve America’s schools. The package would provide large numbers of Americans with assistance to pay for health care, education, raising children and caring for elderly people in their homes. It also would provide some $555 billion in tax breaks encouraging cleaner energy and electrified vehicles, the nation’s largest commitment to tackling climate change.
“The decision for us is, do we start investing in our kids, and our communities, not just in foreign wars? It’s really that simple. And there’s nothing more important than education,” Welch said.
Democratic leaders vowed to push ahead after Sen. Joe Manchin wavered Monday on his support for the infrastructure bill. Democrats said an initial vote is possible on both pieces of legislation in the House this week.
Welch says he believes the bill will pass, adding that a lot of work has gone into getting both sides to reach a consensus.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.