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White House national climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm celebrated progress on President Biden's infrastructure package by taking a spin in a Kenworth fuel-cell, zero-emissions Class A truck.

What they're saying: "We have a deal, a Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework deal," Granholm said. McCarthy responded: "it's big and it's beautiful."

  • "[I]t's going to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure like charging stations. But also, hopefully we're going to see incentives for these big trucks which are emission free," Granholm added, referring to the truck she McCarthy were in.
  • "This is the future we're driving in right now," McCarthy said.

The big picture: Granholm noted that the transportation section is "a big contributor to carbon pollution." U.S. transportation emits approximately 1.9 billion tons of carbon annually, Yale University said in 2017.

  • The secretary also said that increasing production of zero-emission vehicles would increase jobs within the trucking industry.
  • Granholm and McCarthy then use the CB radio to chat about semiconductors with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo: "Gina 2 to Gina 1!"
  • Raimondo describes Biden's plan to create jobs by stimulating semiconductor production and increasing broadband coverage.

Go deeper: Bipartisan group reaches agreement on $1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill

Go deeper

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

Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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.

House passes $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill, sending it to Biden's desk

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Craig Hudson/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

The House on Friday passed, 228-206, a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, handing President Biden a major victory after months of party infighting and negotiations.

Why it matters: The core piece of Biden’s signature domestic agenda includes massive investments in roads, bridges and waterways, among other “hard infrastructure” provisions.

Build Back Biden

Photo: Roberto Schmidt

When it looked like she might be some 20 votes shy Friday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters she had a "Speaker's secret whip count."

The big picture: "I don't tell anything that people tell me — not even you, my dear, good friends," she said. "But I have a pretty good feeling." Bluffing or not, seven suspenseful hours later — at 11:26 p.m. — Pelosi delivered a historic victory for President Biden, just as his agenda looked like it might vaporize.