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White House blames GOP for looming internet loss

Apr 2, 2024
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The Biden administration is warning that an internet bill discount that benefits more than 23 million Americans is at risk of ending because of Republicans.

Why it matters: After months of calling on Congress to fund the Affordable Connectivity Program, which will dry up at the end of April, the White House is now zeroing in on Republicans.

Driving the news: On Tuesday, the White House released fact sheets detailing how many households in each state and congressional district are enrolled in the program.

  • The pressure campaign is meant to highlight the impact on Republican lawmakers' constituents while they're in their districts during the congressional recess.
  • "It's past time for congressional Republicans to step up and prevent their constituents' internet costs from increasing in the coming weeks," Biden senior adviser Stephen Benjamin said in a call with reporters.

Between the lines: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which included ACP, is a key feature of President Biden's first term.

  • While many of Biden's legislative wins will take years to bear fruit, the impact of the monthly internet bill discount was immediately felt by families and voters across the country.
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