Biden holds first cabinet meeting Thursday

Administration seeks support for its infrastructure plan

U.S. President Joe Biden is holding his first cabinet meeting Thursday as his administration advances its $2 trillion infrastructure plan, hoping to win congressional approval.

The meeting comes a week after the Senate confirmed the latest cabinet member.

According to the White House press office, 25 people are attending the meeting, including the vice president and heads of various agencies, particularly the Defense Department, State Department and Treasury Department, as well as other high-ranking officials, such as the director of National Intelligence.

The meeting will be held not in the Cabinet Room, but in the East Room, where there is more room to maintain social distance. All participants will wear protective masks.

In addition to the infrastructure plan, the administration is working to advance the already-approved Coronavirus Pandemic Economic Assistance bill. The $1.9 trillion package, which Biden signed last month, includes direct payments to many households, aid to businesses and local governments.

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