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President Biden Hits The Road, Celebrates Amtrak Anniversary

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CBS4's Debra Alfarone reports on President Biden's celebration of Amtrak and to sell the American Jobs Plan.

Video Transcript

- Now to the Biden presidency. Public transit gets a spotlight today as the president and vice president hit the road for the second day in a row to sell the American Jobs Plan.

- President Biden is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of Amtrak, a service he used daily for more than three decades as a US senator from Delaware. CBS 4's Debra Alfarone has more from the White house

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JILL BIDEN: After planting a tree on the White House lawn for Arbor Day, the first lady joined President Biden on a trip to Philadelphia to mark Amtrak's 50th anniversary. The president even posted an older photo of himself riding the rails on Twitter.

JOE BIDEN: Amtrak became my family.

DEBRA ALFARONE: The event also served as a backdrop for the president to promote his plans to help American families and rebuild infrastructure.

JOE BIDEN: In my American Jobs Plan, I propose spending $10 billion a year on passenger rail and freight rail.

DEBRA ALFARONE: Administration officials also focused on infrastructure as they fanned out across the country Friday. Vice President Harris went to Cincinnati.

KAMALA HARRIS: It is an investment in improving communities. It is an investment increasing access to opportunity.

DEBRA ALFARONE: While in North Carolina, the vice president's husband and the Transportation Secretary met with union workers and visited a train station.

- This administration is determined-- is determined to build a better tomorrow.

DEBRA ALFARONE: Friday's big push is part of what the administration is calling the Getting Back On Track Tour. It's an effort for President Biden to sell his infrastructure plan to the American people.

The White House is also trying to win over Republicans in Congress, who have been critical of its $2 trillion price tag and a proposed tax increase on top earners to pay for it.

BILL CASSIDY: They don't have the votes, clearly, and so since they don't have the votes, they're talking to Republicans.

DEBRA ALFARONE: Senate Republicans have counter offered their own infrastructure proposal, priced at less than $600 billion, as negotiations continue. Debra Alfarone, CBS News, the White House.

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