WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and top cabinet officials are on track to advance the $ 1 trillion infrastructure law passed by Congress last week as they explain when and where Americans can expect to see some of the means in their own society.
White House aides are planning a bipartisan signing ceremony for the infrastructure bill as soon as this week, after it won final review Friday night when Democrats controlling the House of Representatives ended months of squabbling and approved it. Read more
Biden is also pressuring lawmakers to approve a separate climate and safety net package known as his Build Back Better plan. It is estimated to cost around $ 1.75 trillion and has been the subject of heated debate on Capitol Hill.
“It’s going to be a tough fight. It’s not over yet, as the term says, but I’m fine, and I think people are starting to realize that it’s important to get it done,” Biden told reporters Monday.
Biden is heading to the Port of Baltimore on Wednesday to promote the infrastructure bill and will travel to places where “the need is and the action is,” Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg told the White House daily news conference Monday.
Buttigieg and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Interior Minister Deb Haaland, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael Regan and Trade Secretary Gina Raimondo are also blowing across the country.
“In the coming weeks, these members and other senior officials will travel to red states, blue states, big cities, small towns, rural areas, tribal communities and more to translate what this agreement means to real people across the country,” a White House source said.
A source to the Democratic National Committee told Reuters that the party would unveil a slogan based on the bill: “Democrats delivered.”
The bill sends tens of thousands of billions of dollars to federal agencies and states to repair bridges and highways, new broadband and public transportation projects, and will fund a network of charging stations for electric vehicles across the country.
“Much of this sells itself,” Buttigieg said, “because communities never needed to be convinced that their bridge needed to be repaired or their airports in need of an upgrade … They’ve been trying to get Washington to catch up. “
It gives Biden and the Democrats a much-needed boost with good news after the numbers in the polls dropped for the president. Republicans made progress in local elections last week, won the governor’s office in Virginia and came closer than expected in highly democratic New Jersey.
The White House victory round will include messages on African-American and Spanish-language media and partnerships with unions, business groups and state and local leaders.
The DNC source said that although the Infrastructure Act is an important milestone, Democrats must adopt Biden’s plan for social security and climate spending.
“Voters have a short memory. They have already forgotten the CARES law (COVID-19 utility). They will forget a bridge that was built or a highway that was repaired, but they will remember the monthly payment of child tax deductions. It it is necessary that we pass it, “said the source.
Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw; Written by Steve Holland; Edited by Heather Timmons, David Gregorio and Peter Cooney
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