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Obama says billionaires should fund Biden’s $3.5tn spending bill and admits ‘I put myself in this category now’

Barack Obama has voiced his support for Joe Biden’s $3.5tn (£2.5tn) spending package and sweeping domestic agenda, and admitted that he would be included in the billionaires who pay for the bill.

The former US president, in an interview broadcast on Tuesday, told ABC News’ Good Morning America that America’s billionaires “can afford it” and said: “I put myself in this category now”.

“I think anybody who pretends that it's a hardship for billionaires to pay a little bit more in taxes so that a single mum gets childcare support or so that we're doing something about climate change for the next generation, that's an argument that's unsustainable,” he told Robin Roberts.

Both the $3,5tn spending package and a smaller $1tn infrastructure bill are currently being debated in Congress and are expected to be voted on by the end of the week.

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