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American Families Plan | Olathe Documentary Series

Melina Mara
The Washington Post via AP, Pool
President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., look on.

What's in President Biden's latest plan to help Americans and a documentary series details the intriguing history of Olathe, Kansas.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: After introducing the American Rescue Plan then the American Jobs Plan, President Joe Biden has introduced another sweeping bill, the American Families Plan.

The president's newest initiative would pour a combined $1.8 trillion into various programs including universal pre-K, free community college, child care, and paid family and medical leave. We get more details of the bill and ask how difficult it will be to pass through Congress.

  • Heather Long, economics correspondent for The Washington Post

Segment 2, beginning at 27:13: Local filmmaker Greg Sheffer has spent years working on a string of films about his hometown.

The result is a series of films dedicated to telling the story of the county seat of Johnson County, Kansas. Sheffer takes us through some of the highlights from the filming and reveals why he took on the project.

  • Greg Sheffer, filmmaker, owner/CEO of Inversion
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