Tuesday, September 27, 2022

‘Democracy can work,’ says Biden after Senate adopts infrastructure package

WHITE HOUSE – “Today, we proved that democracy can still work,” US President Joe Biden said after senators from both sides simultaneously approved a $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

A 69-30 Senate vote sends legislation to the House of Representatives for consideration next month.

The House pass is less certain, with some progressive Democrats saying the overall spending is too low. But the president saw Tuesday’s action as a step closer to “a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure.”

If approved, the package would be one of the largest public efforts in the United States in decades to fix deteriorating roads and bridges, expand broadband Internet service, and replace lead pipes used to deliver drinking water. will start one.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell comes as a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package is set to be voted on by the Senate in Washington on August 10, 2021.

Biden thanked the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, for supporting the bill.

McConnell and 18 other Republicans joined all 50 members of the Democratic caucus to approve the infrastructure legislation.

Republicans who supported it ignored former President Donald Trump’s pleas to vote against it.

“I’ve quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the highest-rated man in politics — I don’t need to be quiet now,” Trump said in a statement just before the Senate vote.

While in office, Trump endorsed an even bigger infrastructure package that never came to fruition.

“After weeks and years of infrastructure weeks, we are on the cusp of an infrastructure decade that I believe will transform America,” Biden said in contrast to his predecessor’s legislative effort.

“Bipartisan cooperation is the only way to create sustainable policy in a divided country,” Jason Grumett, founder and president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, said in a statement. “The hard work and courage displayed by senators on both sides and the White House must be recognized, but there is more work to be done. We move the House quickly to advance this legislation and make a positive difference in the lives of every American. encourage you to.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Aug. 6, 2021.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement adding that his chamber will continue to work with the Senate “to ensure that our priorities for the people are included in the final infrastructure and reconciliation package, in a way that is resilient and will build better “

The For the People Act includes comprehensive voting rights laws previously passed by the House.

The infrastructure spending package – about half of it made up of new government funding – will also build new sewers, expand passenger rail and transit systems and modernize airports.

A group of 10 centrist Republican and Democratic lawmakers agreed an outline of the deal more than a month ago, but has since taken weeks to work out the specifics of the bill, which is more than 2,700 pages.

Biden said the law would create “millions of good union jobs across the country,” most of them in the construction trades.

Senator Mike Lee was one of the Republicans who voted against the bill, calling it a massive expansion of federal power and saying it exacerbates “our already alarming inflation.”

“The laws’ tax and regulation will “disrupt and damage our infrastructure,” Lee said in a tweeted statement.

Biden has previously said spending is essential to economic growth and to compete with the US’s main economic rival, China.

Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, said in a statement, “This is a long-time champion of infrastructure investment makers, and the bipartisan approach shows that our legislators come together to accomplish a truly transformative change. can come.” “We now urge members of the House to follow the example of the Senate, pass this bipartisan bill and send it to the President’s desk for their signature without delay.”

The next tap for the Senate is considering Biden’s $3.5 trillion Social Security net legislation that would provide universal preschool instruction, free community college classes, expanded health care and child care funding for older Americans. It will provide funding to fight the effects of climate change, change immigration law and try to reduce drug prices.

Republicans are equally considering the proposal, and so far, no one supports it.

Democrats in the Senate are hoping to band together in a 51-50 vote to pass the spending framework, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote. But it could take months of talks, with Biden and his allies, in both the Senate and the House, to clarify the specifics of the law.

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