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August 12, 2021

Daily News Lesson: Democrats push for broader investments in jobs, families and climate change

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the video and answer the discussion questions below. To read the transcript of the video, click here.

Summary: Democrats on Wednesday passed a blueprint for a $3.5 trillion bill to expand family, health and environmental programs. It is a massive investment, to be spent on American families and to combat the climate crisis. But it faces a rocky political road. Democrats are pushing a particular budget process to make it happen. 

Discussion questions: 

Warm up questions: Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:

    • Who is advocating for this bill?
    • What is the bill for?
    • When does Sen. Chuck Schumer need an outline of the bill?
    • Why are some lawmakers concerned about this bill?
    • How much is the national debt as of the publication of this video? How much more would the new bill add to the debt?

Focus questions: 

  1. William Brangham says, “My definition in the dictionary is reconciliation conjures people trying to get over their acrimony and work out their differences, maybe not so on Capitol Hill, right?” What does the word acrimony mean? What does the term reconciliation mean on Capitol Hill? 
  2. If the U.S. was forced to prioritize its new spending based on limited budget, what do you think should be the highest priority?

Media literacy: Does the Q&A format of this video help you understand the political situation and complicated terms used on Capitol Hill? What other formats would help break down these concepts for easy comprehension? 

Additional Resources:

  • Check out this video breaking down the infrastructure bill, mentioned in the video above. 
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