At the Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, Biden has expressed his displeasure with the grim national outlook. On Friday, he embraced the adage that “politics is local,” touting his intentions for the United States Conference of Mayors to support the $1.9 trillion infrastructure package actively.
“This isn’t partisan, it’s practical,” Biden told the mayors in attendance. “You understand the cost if we fail to act. We need the voice of mayors telling the stories of what your community needs and the impact we’re making on people’s lives.”
He praised the work of 360 mayors to the November bipartisan agreement. Biden stated that with his development ambitions and the current implementation of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus alleviation program, which distributed $350 billion to state and municipal budgets, he’s striving to act as a mayor. He then engaged the mayors to help him push his long-awaited tax and economic reforms through the Senate.
As prices rise and the coronavirus spreads across the country, the president’s popularity has dwindled. As a result, Biden’s efforts to expand hiring and vaccinate the majority of the country have been met with skepticism, forcing him to announce at a news conference on Wednesday that he would travel outside Washington and speak directly to people. By collaborating with mayors, the president hopes to increase pressure on Congress to act.
After the FBI announced that homicides and non-negligent manslaughters increased by an anticipated 29.4% in 2020, the president alluded to the pressure his administration and city leaders face.
“We shouldn’t be cutting funding for police departments,” the president said himself. “I proposed increasing funding.”
On Friday, the Biden administration launched a collaboration with two states and more than 30 communities throughout the country to set standards to make buildings more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Colorado and Washington State are participating, along with New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.
The White House claims that increasing energy efficiency in multi-family buildings improves interior air quality, prevents drafts, and shields occupants from severe heat, resulting in health benefits and decreased healthcare expenditures. In addition, high-performance buildings are more likely to attract greater occupancy rates for businesses.
According to the White House, the news builds on an Energy Department plan to improve 1 million homes. In addition, it advances Biden’s aim of retrofitting 4 million buildings and 2 million residences during his first term.
“As a coastal city that’s vulnerable to rising seas and extreme heat, Boston must be a national leader in driving a just transition to carbon neutrality,″ mayor Michelle Wu of Boston said. She added, “The city’s ordinance on building emissions reduction and disclosure sets the standard for securing major emissions reductions from large buildings, with specific benchmarks on the path to becoming a net-zero city and clear mechanisms to ensure that environmental justice communities experience the benefits of net-zero buildings.”
The White House noted that major construction trade groups and unions have offered to collaborate with cities and states to train workers to adapt buildings to meet tighter performance standards and that unions know “that these policies stimulate economic growth and good-paying union jobs.″