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Biden’s speech to pitch universal kindergarten, $ 4 trillion in economic spending

The president is expected to reveal another part of his expanded “Build Back Better” agenda that he campaigned for.

President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

By Lauren Egan

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will use his first speech to Congress Wednesday night to pitch for ambitious investments in the US economy and social safety net programs as he seeks to shift his focus beyond the immediate crisis of the coronavirus pandemic nearly 100 days in his records.

“I can report to the nation: America is on the move again. Turning danger into opportunity. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength,” Biden will say, according to excerpts from his White House speech.

Biden is expected to unveil his American Families Plan as the centerpiece of his speech, a roughly $ 1.8 trillion package that includes universal kindergarten, two years of free community college, and expanded access to childcare. It is the second phase of Biden’s two-part effort to boost the economy, following the $ 2 trillion infrastructure and jobs package he announced last month.