Nov 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Lawmakers angle for invite to infrastructure bill ceremony


President Biden signs the American Rescue Plan on March 11. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

The day after the fragile passage of President Biden's infrastructure bill, House leaders were already working on Part Deux: passing the bigger social-safety-net bill two weeks from now — the week before Thanksgiving.

The intrigue: I'm told lawmakers are angling for invitations to the infrastructure signing ceremony even before the date has been announced — each making the case for why they were a vital part of closing the deal.

  • Biden wants to sign the bill as soon as possible. But the House is out this week, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expected to lead a delegation to the climate summit in Scotland.
  • Biden said Saturday that he'll include Republicans: "Vice President Harris and I look forward to having a formal signing ceremony for this bipartisan infrastructure soon. ... I'm not doing it this weekend because I want people who worked so hard to get this done — Democrats and Republicans — to be here when we sign it."

Taking questions yesterday, Biden promised Americans will see the infrastructure bill's effects "probably starting within the next two to three months."

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