U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday called on wealthy Americans and corporations to pay their “fair share” to fund two proposals to expand public education and to improve the country’s infrastructure.
"I'm not anti-corporate. But it's about time they start paying their fair share. It's about making a choice."
Biden's $1 trillion education proposal would expand free public schooling, supporting two years of preschool and two years of community college.
Biden argued expanding the U.S. public education system would rebalance the economy and benefit lower-income Americans.
He said the U.S. could raise top income tax rates for the wealthiest Americans, or individuals making more than $400,000 annually.
“When America made twelve years of public education universal in America in the early 1900s, it made us the best educated nation in the world, and you saw the benefits that came from that. But the rest of the world has caught up to us.”
Biden has vowed to unite parties across the aisle to back his tax and spending proposals.
That also includes more than $2 trillion to rebuild American infrastructure, like roads and internet access.
So far, he’s faced staunch opposition from Republicans.
Democrats hold slim majorities in both houses of congress and it may become even more difficult to pass legislation if Democrats lose their majority in 2022.
The president and his top officials are traveling the country to stir up enthusiasm for the proposals, targeting Republican-held areas.