Biden on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration for its bureaucratic excess, as the new administration moves forward with its stimulus package.
“I think the bureaucrats in this administration are so overworked, overworked and overburdened with so many things that they can’t keep up with all of the needs of the people that they’re trying to help,” he said at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa.
Biden said he plans to cut back on the federal government’s spending, as well as his own staff, but he said he doesn’t think it will be long before the economy returns to normal.
Biden made his comments during a stop in Iowa, where he was joined by a few dozen supporters.
“The American people are not being served by this government.
They’re not being given the information that they need to know about our economy, our health care system, our financial system, so we have to go to them,” he told the crowd.
The president has promised to boost spending, but not to reduce it.
“Our economy is doing really well.
It’s not doing very well.
But it’s not dead.
It could be alive, and we’re going to be in the midst of that,” Biden said.
Biden, who has spent the last week promoting his own stimulus plan, said his plan would save $10 trillion over 10 years by reducing government spending by $400 billion.
He also said he wants to bring back the “green jobs” program, which helps workers find and retain good-paying jobs in the energy sector, including wind and solar power.
“Green jobs are the jobs that have gone away.
We’ve gone from green jobs to blue jobs.
Blue jobs are gone.
Green jobs are still going,” he added.
The Obama administration’s $2.5 trillion stimulus package, announced Wednesday, will include $400 million in tax credits to help businesses create jobs in an effort to spur the economy and create an influx of low-wage workers.
The stimulus also includes $1.5 billion for states and localities to provide incentives to lure new businesses to their communities, and $2 billion to help state and local governments expand the use of renewable energy.
The plan has drawn criticism from Democrats who argue it does not go far enough to tackle the nation’s biggest challenge: joblessness.
“This is not a jobs plan.
This is not what the American people want.
This will not fix our broken economy,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters on Thursday.
“It will not create the kind of growth and jobs that we need.
This won’t lift people out of poverty.
It won’t solve the opioid crisis.
It will not do anything to end the climate crisis.”
Biden has repeatedly said that the stimulus package will help the economy by providing relief for Americans suffering from the economic downturn and joblessness, but the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has refused to approve it.
Republicans have promised to take up the legislation next week, but Biden on Thursday said that there are a number of obstacles to passing the package through the House.
“We need to have bipartisan support in the House, but I think that we’ll have bipartisan opposition,” he, said.
“But I am not worried about that right now.”
Biden on Friday was also pressed about the economy during a debate in South Carolina, as his running mate, former Vice President Joe Biden, made a point of talking about the economic stimulus as a stimulus package and not as a plan to address a long-standing problem facing the country: unemployment.
Biden repeatedly said the stimulus is needed, but that it’s a temporary fix that will be followed by more jobs.
Biden on Tuesday said he does not think the stimulus will help solve the nation “until we have a permanent plan that is going to fix this economy.”
He also did not say how much he thinks the stimulus could help lift the economy, or whether he plans on signing an executive order to increase the number of hours Americans work.