© Reuters. US President Joe Biden delivers remarks after passing a $1 trillion late-night infrastructure bill to repair the nation’s airports, roads and bridges, next to US Vice President Kamala Harris, at the White House in Washington, DC, US on November 6,
Written by Steve Holland and Heather Timmons
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Saturday hailed Congress’ long-delayed trillion-dollar infrastructure bill as a “once in a generation” investment and expected approval of a broader Social Safety Net plan despite tense negotiations.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris appeared in the White House dining room nearly 12 hours after moderate and progressive House Democrats overcame internal wrangling and scored the president’s biggest legislative victory yet.
“Finally, Infrastructure Week,” Biden said with a chuckle. “I’m very happy to say that – Infrastructure Week!”
The president’s comment indicated a running joke in recent years following the announcement of Biden’s Republican predecessor Donald Trump https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-week/confluence-of-crises-crashes-trumps-infrastructure -week-idUSKCN1G02M6 “Infrastructure Week” in 2018 but was unable to pass the bill after several attempts during his presidency.
Bipartisan passage of the bill gives Biden a boost of good news https://www.reuters.com/world/us/with-infrastructure-vote-congress-gives-biden-long-needed-jolt-good-news-2021-11 -06 After heavy losses in the elections for his Democratic Party this week and the decline in his popularity. Referring to the losses, Biden said they showed that the American people “want us to exile.”
“I think the only message that came was – ‘Get something done. It’s time to get something done – stop talking,'” Biden said.
The United Steelworkers Union welcomed the passage of the law.
“The House has passed #InfrastructureBill, which will provide nearly $1 trillion to upgrade the nation’s critical infrastructure. This is a great deal for us because steelworkers supply America in so many ways!” The union tweeted.
The bill has been stuck for months in a bitter fight between Democrats and the impasse has raised questions about Biden’s effectiveness.
With Biden making multiple phone calls to lawmakers urging them to compromise, agreement was reached late Friday for the House to vote by November 15 on Biden’s proposed plan for a $1.75 trillion social safety net.
This allowed lawmakers to push ahead with the infrastructure bill and it passed with the support of 215 Democrats, and in a move that upset the conservative right, 13 Republicans helped provide a margin of victory. Half a dozen progressive Democrats voted “no.”
Biden said that in his recent negotiations with Democrats to try to pass the bill, he urged them to “let’s be reasonable.”
He said of the bill that https://www.reuters.com/world/us/roads-bridges-airports-details-bidens-1-trillion-infrastructure bill-2021-11-05 tens of billions of investment in road and rail public transport and broadband.
Biden was in an upbeat mood taking questions from reporters, and at one point comically put his hands over his eyes for choosing a journalist to call.
He said he would sign the bipartisan bill “soon” at an official signing ceremony highlighting all the people who worked on it, Democrats and Republicans alike.
He said he plans to visit some ports next week to promote the bill, and Americans should see its effects in the coming months, as he offers Democrats something to campaign for as they try to avoid losses in next year’s congressional elections.
Biden said the infrastructure bill would create “blue collar” jobs to modernize roads and bridges and transform the transportation system. He said the “vast majority” of jobs that will be created will not require a college degree.
He said Americans “will likely see the effects of this law within two to three months.”