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This Week in South Florida: Ted Deutch

A proposed 3.5 trillion bill to expand the social safety net would fundamentally change what it does.
A proposed 3.5 trillion bill to expand the social safety net would fundamentally change what it does.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A proposed 3.5 trillion bill to expand the social safety net would fundamentally change what it does.

It’s considered the most ambitious expansion since the war on poverty in the 1960′s.

The proposal would expand health care, provide free pre-school and fund climate change programs.

Most Republicans and some moderate Democrats worry that President Biden’s big push is too sweeping, too expensive and too close to socialism.

It would be funded by hiking taxes on the wealthy and on corporations, which is hardly a sure thing.

The same objections that could also derail a bipartisan infrastructure plan that was narrowly approved by the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the House.

Rep. Ted Deutch is a member of the house. He’s a Democrat from Boca Raton who represents the 22n d Congressional District, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

He joined This Week in South Florida hosts Michael Putney and Christina Vazquez, and their discussion can be seen at the top of this page.


About the Authors:

Michael Putney came to Local 10 in 1989 to become senior political reporter and host of "This Week In South Florida with Michael Putney." He is Local 10's senior political reporter. 

Christina returned to Local 10 in 2019 as a reporter after covering Hurricane Dorian for the station. She is an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist and previously earned an Emmy Award while at WPLG for her investigative consumer protection segment "Call Christina."