President Joe Biden is preparing to announce a $2 trillion infrastructure bill that some allege could be considered racist and sexist, according to a report from The Washington Post.
“Some people close to the White House said they feel that the emphasis on major physical infrastructure investments reflects a dated nostalgia for a kind of White working-class male worker,” the Post noted.
“In private discussions with the White House National Economic Council, the Council of Economic Advisers and the Domestic Policy Council, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry urged the administration to follow through on its promise to approve major investments in the care economy,” the report added.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), called the bill a good start, but has challenged Biden to do much more.
“We are in a devastating economic moment… We’re the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. So, we can do $10T,” she said an MSNBC interview.
The Biden administration argues the new infrastructure plan includes several initiatives to produce the opposite. Biden’s goals include efforts to reduce racial inequities in transportation, housing and job training.
The plan would include investment in historically Black colleges and universities, along with job training programs for marginalized communities, according to a CNBC report.
The infrastructure effort follows the president’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus recovery bill. The bill included funding to better distribute vaccines and health care resources to communities of color.
Whether the new infrastructure bill will be racist is unlikely, but the new proposal is certainly pricey. The bill would add to nearly $4 trillion in two major bill since Biden has taken office, adding to the nation’s already significant national debt.