Biden, Tim Scott present dueling visions for America
As President Biden marks his 100th day in office this week, the schism between Democrat and Republican visions for the country, particularly on social and economic policies, has never run more deep.
As President Biden marks his 100th day in office this week, the schism between Democrat and Republican visions for the country, particularly on social and economic policies, has never run deeper.
Biden laid out his plan for the U.S. in a joint address to Congress on Wednesday night, touting a $6 trillion spending plan that would fundamentally expand the role of the federal government.
The Biden spending package, known as the American Families Plan, is designed to grow government assistance programs for education, child care and housing.
Biden insisted his proposal would help Americans by putting money directly into their pockets.
"No one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck, or taking care of themselves and their loved ones, or parent or spouse or child," Biden said.
The Wall Street Journal criticized Biden's "cradle to grave" plan, arguing that it was designed to make the middle class dependent on government.
Republican Sen. Tim Scott from South Carolina delivered the Republican rebuttal to the president's remarks Wednesday, and directly refuted Biden and the Democrats' big spending approach.
The South Carolina senator argued that conservative policies and principles are the way to set Americans free, not big government stepping in.
Scott told the American people in his televised address that the American Family Plan would lead to "even more taxing, even more spending, to put Washington even more in the middle of your life — from the cradle, to college."