President Biden's $2.3 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

President Biden announced the first stage of the plan at an event held at a union training center in Pittsburgh. President Biden defined the massive program that will restructure the American infrastructure over the next eight years as a "once-in-a-generation investment."

According to the details announced by the White House, within the scope of this plan, hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated for the modernization and construction of roads, bridges, public transportation systems, schools, and other infrastructure fields.

The plan can both fix some of the damage caused to the economy by the Coronavirus epidemic and benefit primarily low-income employees.
It is stated that President Joe Biden's choice of Pittsburgh to announce the infrastructure plan has economic and political repercussions. 

It is stated that the infrastructure projects will be financed by the higher taxes that will be obtained from the companies and establishments. It is indicated that this situation may cause repercussions in the business circles and disrupt the attempts of the Biden administration to work with the Republican Congress members.

 President Joe Biden said, "91 companies on the Fortune 500 list, including Amazon, do not pay a single solitary penny in federal income tax." During his speech in which he unveiled the infrastructure plan, he said, "Wall Street didn't build this country. The middle class built this country. And unions built the middle class."

President Biden hopes that the infrastructure plan will be passed by Congress by the summer, which means he will rely on the fact that Democrats narrowly control both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
 
Package Details:
 
$621 billion for transportation infrastructure and resilience:
$580 billion for manufacturing; research and development; and job training:
$400 billion for the care economy:
$313 billion for schools and housing:
$111 billion for clean water:$100 billion for digital infrastructure
 
 
 
 

President Biden's Foreign Policy Remarks at State Department

US President Joe Biden spent 3 hours at the State Department today. During his visit and meeting with the staff at the State Department, he also made important statements to the press. The State Department was President Biden's first official visit to the ministries.

While US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the keynote address, Vice President Kamala Harris made a short speech. US Secretary of State Blinken stated, "We need diplomacy to address the climate crisis, to protect communities across our country. We need diplomacy to check the rise of authoritarianism, to prevent the spread of dangerous weapons, to shore up democracy, to defend human rights".

Quoting Joe Biden's expression from his campaign, he has also stated, "foreign policy is domestic policy, and domestic policy is a foreign policy," stressing that strength at home determines strength in the world as well.

Key Remarks  from President Biden's following speech:

-Diplomacy is back. 
-We will show responsibility and transparent leadership in foreign policy.
 -We will pursue an active foreign policy. 
-We are warning Russia and China. We demand from Russia the immediate release of Alexei Navalny.
 -US will not withdraw troops from Germany. 
-We will stop supporting the Yemen [war], but we will also protect the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.
- Tim Lenderking will be the US Special Envoy to Yemen. 
-We will defend Democracy and Human Rights.
 -We are warning Myanmar's military coup attempt.It is not acceptable.
- We will have a new refugee plan. We will accept up to 125 thousand new refugees through our new Refugee Admission program.

What about Turkey?

A telephone conversation between President Biden and President Erdogan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu has yet to be held. Although Secretary of State Blinken has made telephone meetings with over 30 Foreign Ministers since he took office, the fact that he still has not contacted his Turkish counterpart leaves a question mark.

When Former President Obama first took office in 2009, his first meeting with the then-President Abdullah Gul and then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on February 16th.  The 45th President Trump and President Erdoğan had made their first telephone meeting on February 8th. In general, newly-elected US Presidents and State Secretaries have their first meetings with the Canadian and British Prime Ministers.

While the phone call between President Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on February 2nd was recorded as the first contact, yesterday the US Secretary of State Spokesperson Ned Price has made a statement condemning the anti-LGBT discourse and that they were worried about the students arrested at Boğaziçi University.
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