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Biden Tasks Harris With Leading Push for $100B for Broadband

President Joe Biden during his ongoing speech to Congress Wednesday night said he's putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of leading the push to include $100 billion for broadband in an infrastructure spending package. He said she's capable of getting that part of the plan across the finish line. The money is part of Biden's larger $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal.

The plan would "create jobs connecting every American with high-speed internet, including 35% of the rural America that still doesn't have it," the president said. "This will help our kids and businesses succeed in a 21st century economy."

Biden also touted the infrastructure proposal as a way "to develop and dominate the products and technologies of the future," including semiconductors and artificial intelligence. "We’re in a competition with China and other countries to win the 21st century," he said.