November 15, 2021
President Joe Biden today signed a $1.2 trillion plan to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure needs, as U.S. lawmakers continue negotiations over his larger social-spending agenda.
During a ceremony today, Biden touted the bipartisan infrastructure bill and said he was confident Congress would reach an agreement on the Administration’s social-spending plan, known as the Build Back Better Act.
“We’re taking a monumental step forward to Build Back Better as a nation,” Biden said.
The $1.2 billion infrastructure bill includes:
With the final approval of the infrastructure plan, U.S. lawmakers are now turning their attention to the Build Back Better Act.
The Biden Administration’s social-spending plan has been closely tied to the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. House Democrats had originally planned to tie the approval of the two bills, before deciding to go ahead with the vote on the infrastructure bill alone.
The proposed $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. John A. Yarmuth (D-Kentucky) funds an additional 4,000 residency positions through Medicare to help address the physician workforce shortage. HAP has joined the American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges in advocating to support the physician training pipeline and strengthen the health care workforce by funding additional graduate medical education slots.
The social-spending plan includes the following health care priorities:
HAP will continue to advocate for critical hospital and health system priorities in Washington and provide updates to members about the latest federal developments.
For more information, contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president, advocacy and external affairs.
Tags: Workforce | Health Care Reform | Federal Advocacy | Billing/Transparency | Affordable Prescription Drugs | Medicaid
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