The State of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” Plan


Sanaya Gupta

President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan has faced problems in Congress. The plan involves $2.2 trillion that will be dedicated to a variety of topics such as plans to rebuild infrastructure, address climate change, and overall produce economic growth. 

Another part of the “Build Back Better” plan was free tuition for community colleges, something First Lady Jill Biden was especially vocal about. As an educator herself, she was excited about the new opportunities that would come from this. In October 2021 however, it was announced that this will no longer be a part of the plan.

Now Jill Biden is speaking on this issue and expressing her disappointment. She said, “We knew that this wasn’t going to be easy. Joe always said that. Still, like you, I was disappointed.”

There has been opposition from senators who are of President Biden’s party. Certain parts of the Build Back Better agenda, like the tuition free community college, have had to be removed due to the opposition of Senators Joe Manchin (D) of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema (D) of Arizona.

Overall, the Build Back Better plan, because of the 50-50 split of the Senate, seems to be struggling in Congress. Every Republican in Congress opposes the plan and without the support of Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema, the bill cannot pass.