Source: The White House
President Biden promised to reach across the aisle and deliver results for families across the country. Pundits said bipartisanship was impossible. It was a relic of a bygone era. That the President was naïve to think compromise in Washington was still possible.
Today, on President Biden’s 203rd day in office, 19 Republican senators joined the Democratic caucus to pass historic infrastructure legislation. Infrastructure has bedeviled previous administrations – despite near-weekly promises – and some of the loudest voices in the Republican party campaigned against this agreement, but President Biden delivered where others had failed.
The bipartisan infrastructure deal will create millions of good-paying jobs – jobs you can raise a middle class family on. Jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. It’s a blue-collar blue print for America.
The bipartisan infrastructure deal will rebuild roads and bridges and modernize America’s airports, rail, and public transit systems. It will deliver clean drinking water and high speed internet to every household in the country. It will help us tackle the climate crisis by electrifying school buses, building electric vehicle chargers across the country, and upgrade our power infrastructure to be resilient against natural disasters.
Like the inter-state highway and transcontinental railroad, this legislation will create benefits in communities across the country for decades to come. It will strengthen our competitive edge against China, so that American workers, businesses, farmers and ranchers can compete and win. With the President’s Build Back Better agenda, it will create an additional nearly 2 million jobs per year over the next decade and invest in our future economic growth. And together, this economic agenda will make investments that improve our supply chains, remove blockages, and in the process, ease inflationary pressures in the long-run – on top of other steps to lower the cost of everyday expenses for middle class families.