Last Monday, President Joe Biden signed the much-debated $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law.
The White House held the signing ceremony with bipartisan supporters in attendance. Despite a deeply divided Congress, the bill managed to get enough Republican votes to secure approval.
Infrastructure Bill Was A Rare Bipartisan Agreement
Held in chilly weather along the White House grounds, the bill-signing ceremony marked a rare occasion. It was one of those few times a bipartisan Congress acted in support of the President’s program.
The $1 trillion infrastructure bill aims to replace America’s crumbling network of roads, bridges, and structures. It will also expand broadband access to reach the country’s rural communities. The bill will also generate thousands of jobs across the United States.
With the passage of the infrastructure bill, Biden hopes to get some of his shine back. The President is suffering from low approval ratings because of rising inflation and high prices, worker shortages, and a politicized coronavirus approach. This time, Biden received chants of “Joe, Joe, Joe!” as he stepped up to the microphone.
Biden Hopes Infrastructure Bill Will Save His Administration
Biden, whose job approval ratings have dropped because of his handling of the economy and other issues, heard supportive chants of “Joe, Joe, Joe” from some in the crowd and got a standing ovation as he stepped to the microphone.
He said that the bill’s passage proved both parties can work together. “Despite the cynics, Democrats and Republicans can come together and deliver results,” he remarked. This infrastructure bill is a “blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America.”
“Too often in Washington, the reason we don’t get things done is because we insist on getting everything we want. With this law, we focused on getting things done,” Biden said.
“Here in Washington, we've heard countless speeches and promises, white papers from experts, but today we're finally getting this done,” Biden said Monday.
“So my message to the American people is this: America's moving again, and your life is going to change for the better,” the President added. Before the signing, Biden issued an executive order prioritizing US-made materials in infrastructure projects.
Sinema and Manchin Attended Signing
Senators who spoke during the singing included Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). She is the centrist Democrat who fiercely opposed some of the tax increases that form part of the bill’s funding.
As a result of her opposition, Democrats had to scale back the accompanying legislation, the $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” plan.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) also found the original plan too costly and demanded cutbacks in exchange for his support.
For resisting a number of items sought by progressives, both Sinema and Manchin angered fellow Democrats. Sinema referred to the criticism in her remarks.
“Delivering this legislation for the American people – this is what it looks like when elected leaders set aside differences, shut out the noise and focus on delivering results on the issues that matter most to everyday Americans,” she said.
Republicans Also Attended Signing
Also on hand for the signing are Republicans Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
Most of the GOP lawmakers who supported the bill who drew criticism from their right-wing supporters did not show up. This included Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), who said he had “other things to do.”
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