The disappointing jobs report is either a blip on the road to recovery or a sign of how badly the pandemic is impacting the American economy and how much help is still needed. The White House is taking that last position and using it as an opportunity to drum up support for two sweeping plans. Joining me now to talk about this is NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Happy Mother’s Day, Mara.
MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Happy Mother’s Day, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Let’s start with the American Families Plan, to wit, and how the Biden administration believes it would help the economy recover.
LIASSON: The American Families Plan is this $1.8 trillion package that President Biden unveiled. It would help cover child care costs for middle- and lower-income families, would give paid leave to care for new children or an ill family member. It has universal preschool, free community college, all paid for with new taxes from the wealthiest Americans. And the administration says this kind of support would make it easier for women and mothers to rejoin the economy because millions of them lost their jobs when the pandemic hit, or they dropped out of the workforce to take care of their kids. So this is the human element of the infrastructure package.