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Biden: Fires show need for budget plan

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BOISE, Idaho — President Joe Biden on Monday pointed to wildfires burning through the West to argue for his $3.5 trillion spending plan, calling year-round fires and other extreme weather a climate change reality the nation can no longer ignore.

Biden spoke during a briefing in Boise, Idaho, while visiting the National Interagenc­y Fire Center, which coordinate­s the government’s response to wildfires.

Millions of acres of land in several Western states have burned already this year, he noted.

“The reality is we have a global warming problem, a serious global warming problem, and it’s consequent­ial and what’s going to happen is, things are not going to go back,”

Biden said.

In his two-day trip, which includes a stop in Colorado on Tuesday, Biden is looking to stress a need to invest billions to combat climate change and expand the social safety net.

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