Nov 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

"Finally, infrastructure week!": Biden hails passage of $1.2 trillion bill

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President Biden on Saturday hailed the passage of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill as a "once-in-a-generation investment" that will create "millions of jobs" and "modernize our infrastructure."

The big picture: The bill's passage is a major win for the president after months of Democratic party infighting and negotiations.

  • "Finally, infrastructure week," Biden said at the White House. "I’m so happy to say that — infrastructure week!"
  • Flashback: The phrase, "infrastructure week," had become a Washington punchline, especially during Donald Trump's presidency after repeated attempts to focus on infrastructure were derailed or fizzled out, Reuters notes.

What he's saying: "Yesterday, we took a monumental step forward as a nation," Biden said, citing the growing job market, declining unemployment rate and the infrastructure bill. "And we're just getting started."

  • "In an economy that's changing so rapidly, this bill is for you," Biden added. "There will be jobs in every part of the country — red states, blue states, cities, small towns, rural communities, traveler communities."
  • "They want us to deliver, they want us to deliver. Democrats, they want us to deliver. Last night, we proved we can," Biden said.

What's next: Biden said that he would have a signing ceremony soon, before turning his attention toward the Build Back Better social spending package.

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