June 19, 2021

Biden to propose infrastructure plan to create jobs and combat climate change – live

As part of his infrastructure plan, Joe Biden is pledging to ensure that every American has access to clean water.

“Every single American has a right to clean drinking water,” the president said in a tweet this morning. “It’s just plain wrong that in the United States of America today, millions of children still receive their water through lead service pipes. It’s long past time we fix that.”

The tweet includes a video noting that as many as 10 million US homes still receive drinking water through lead pipes.

On a call about the infrastructure plan yesterday, a senior Biden administration official said the president’s proposal was “a bold but a very practical goal”.

“Today, 400,000 schools and childcare centers are serviced by lead pipes, even as our health experts say that there is no safe amount of lead in drinking water,” the official said.

“This is a national project which is urgent; it’s economically efficient and will create jobs. And it would help improve health and the health of our families.”

The trial of Derek Chauvin will soon start its third day in Minneapolis, where the former police officer is facing murder charges over the killing of George Floyd.

Genevieve Hansen, a Minneapolis firefighter, will be back on the witness stand this morning. Hansen testified yesterday that she pleaded with Chauvin to check Floyd’s pulse, but she was blocked from administering medical care.

The Guardian’s Chris McGreal has more on yesterday’s court testimony:

Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.

Joe Biden will deliver a speech today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to lay out his $2tn infrastructure proposal, the next plank of his “Build Back Better” agenda.

The Guardian’s Lauren Gambino has more details on the proposal:

Those payment proposals will likely deter most, if not all, congressional Republicans from supporting the package, given that many of them have already said they oppose rolling back the Trump-era tax cuts.

The White House has indicated it hopes the infrastructure plan will gain bipartisan support in Congress, after Biden’s coronavirus relief package passed without the assistance of a single Republican.

But Democrats appear to also be ready to go it alone if Republicans attempt to obstruct the the passage of the legislation, which administration officials are hoping to pass by this summer.

Biden’s speech will get underway this afternoon, and the blog will have more updates and analysis before then, so stay tuned.