U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday praised the approval of his $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan by the House of Representatives as “a major step forward for the nation”.
“I do not think it is an exaggeration to suggest that we take a big step forward as a nation,” Biden said on Saturday at the White House, accompanied by deputy president Kamala Harris. “We have done something that was out of date, which has been talked about in Washington, but has never been done.”
Under the infrastructure bill, the US will spend an estimated $ 1.2 trillion over the next 10 years to replace all lead-water pipelines in the country; expand the high-speed internet network; rebuild and repair roads and bridges; modernizing the public transport system, passenger railways, and airports; building a network of electric vehicle charging stations; upgrade electricity infrastructure and protect infrastructure against cyber attacks and climate change.
“To all of you at home who feel left behind and forgotten in a rapidly changing economy – this bill is yours,” Biden said on Saturday. “Most of the thousands of jobs created will not require a college degree.”
“This is a blueprint for rebuilding America, and it’s been a long time coming,” he added.
Biden went on to say that the law covers the most important investments in roads and bridges in the 70’s and on commuter rail in 50 years. The $ 1.2 billion bill – $ 550 billion in new currency – will be signed by Biden “soon” at an event attended by critics of its writing and transmission, such as Democratic Alliance Senator Krysten Sinema and Senator Robiphi Port Robhlik.
The infrastructure bill was passed with 228-206 votes in a Democratic-led House of Representatives on Friday night, with the support of 10 Republicans. Despite Biden’s proposal, the move was passed in the Senate in August with bipartisan backing. Senate Minerals leader Mitch McConnell backed up in the upper room to the surprise of former president Donald Trump, who has expressed public criticism.
But the bill was delayed in the House of Representatives after developing Democrats withdrew their support in an effort to negotiate another bid for another bid, the Build Back Better bill, which proposes $ 1.7 trillion to increase public safety and security – such as health care and maternity leave and paid maternity leave.
The need for infrastructure reform has long been in the minds of many American presidents, including Barack Obama and Trump. In fact, the “infrastructure church” has become a joke under Trump as officials have never presented a plan despite promises by the then president.
The infrastructure bill was passed after a hard-fought Democrats’ election in Virginia last week, in which Republicans won three of the country’s top positions, including the governor.