Lawmakers responded Friday night with applause and grunts after House Democrats finally passed a $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package with the help of 13 Republicans.
The Infrastructure and Jobs Act is now heading to President Joe Biden’s desk for an expected signature months after it was passed by the Senate.
The House of Representatives decided not to pass the recovery improvement bill at the same time, as the progressives hoped, and instead called for a later vote on the broader social spending bill.
Biden called the adopted package “a unique bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create millions of jobs, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity, and help us win economic competition in the 21st century.”
On Friday, Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va), who has long been unaware, announced how the infrastructure bill would help his state. About $ 6 billion is expected to be invested in West Virginia over the next five years.
“I am incredibly proud of my bipartisan colleagues for their tireless efforts to get things done,” he said in a statement late Friday.
Six Progressive Democrats vote against the bill.
“Adopting the infrastructure bill without enacting the Building Quality Improvement Law in the first place risks leaving behind childcare, paid leave, health care, climate change measures, housing, education and a roadmap to citizenship,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minnesota). statement,
The far right of this political spectrum, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (Republic of Georgia) immediately posted the names (with one of them in error) and office phones Republican MPs who, she said, “passed their ballots [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi to beat Joe Biden The communist takeover of America through the so-called infrastructure.”
Rep. Mark Pokan (Wis.), One of the leaders of the Progressive faction of Congress, was blunt and pleased.
“The whole day was crazy,” he said. “But beyond that, you know … I thought everyone was doing very well. I mean, the rank and file have figured out how to do shit. “