Biden responds to McConnell’s promise to fight infrastructure
President Biden takes press question about paying for his infrastructure plan while commenting on the March jobs report.
National Economic Council Director Brian Deese said Sunday that there needs to be an "update" to the meaning of infrastructure in the modern world as he pitched President Biden's $2 trillion spending plan on "Fox News Sunday."
Anchor Chris Wallace pressed Deese on the fact the White House is labeling Biden's "American Jobs Plan" as an infrastructure bill despite the fact most of the money in it goes to things not traditionally thought of as infrastructure.
Wallace said Deese and the White House are "really stretching the word beyond all meaning."
"I think we really need to update what we mean by infrastructure for the 21st century," Deese replied. "If you look at that number on housing what we're talking about is construction, building housing all around the country to help make sure that there are more affordable housing units for people to access jobs and access economic opportunity."
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"We're talking about construction to build things like VA [Veterans Adminitration] facilities, our schools and community colleges — putting people to work, construction work that really needs to be done to meet commitments that we have to our veterans and others," Deese added.