US President Joe Biden has laid out a sweeping investment plan for jobs, education and social care in his first speech to a joint session of Congress.
Delivered on the eve of his 100th day in office, the Democrat pitched some 4 trillion dollars in spending – the largest overhaul of US benefits since the 1960s according to analysts.
He called it a “once in a generation investment in America itself”. But the plans face a battle in Congress before they can become law. There has been widespread opposition to the proposals from the Republican Party, which is unlikely to back tax increases and more government spending. And while there is a slim Democratic majority in both houses, there has been division among the party over how far to go with the plans.
ELSEWHERE – China has launched a key module of a new permanent space station, the latest in Beijing’s increasingly ambitious space programme.
The Tianhe module – which contains living quarters for crew members – was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on a Long March-5B rocket. China hopes to have the new station operational by 2022.
The only space station currently in orbit is the International Space Station, from which China is excluded.
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