Biden will push an infrastructure deal at the “red list” bridge in NH

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“America is moving again and your life will change for the better.”

Under the funding formula in the bill, New Hampshire will receive $ 1.1 billion for federal highways and $ 225 million for bridges. Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – The last time Joe Biden was in New Hampshire, he was a no-show for his own sad party.

Biden was hit in the state’s Democratic presidential election in 2020 and jumped a plane to the next South Carolina before the polls even closed in his fifth place. On Tuesday, he returns to New Hampshire as president, eager for talk about his new $ 1 trillion infrastructure deal and what all that money can do for Americans.

Biden is down in the polls, hoping to use the successful deal to shift political winds in his direction with new momentum for his broader $ 1.85 trillion social spending package before Congress.

The president signed the bill on infrastructure on Monday at a bubbling two-part ceremony for hundreds at the White House South Lawn, where lawmakers and union workers cheered and clapped.

“America is moving again, and your life will change for the better,” Biden promised the Americans.

The president and members of his cabinet are also moving – spreading around the country to showcase the package. The bite itself stops Tuesday in Woodstock, New Hampshire and Wednesday in Detroit to promote the new law as a source of jobs and repairs of aging roads, bridges, pipes and ports, while helping ease inflation and supply chain problems.

“When he walks around the country, he really wants to dig into how these issues will affect people’s everyday lives, what they talk about at their kitchen tables,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

The president, whose polls continued to decline, even after the bill passed, is asking for patience from Americans who are exhausted by the pandemic and intimidated by rising inflation.

Biden defeated Donald Trump by 7 percentage points in New Hampshire in the 2020 election, but his popularity has declined in the state. In a survey from the University of New Hampshire Granite State poll last month, his overall favorable rating was 34%, with 53% having an unfavorable outlook.

On Tuesday, the president will visit a bridge that leads state route 175 across the Pemigewasset River. Built in 1939, the bridge has been on the state’s “red list” since 2014 due to its poor condition. Another bridge over the river was added in 2018.

“The president is going there because there is a broken bridge that needs to be repaired,” Psaki said.

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New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who planned to greet Biden at the airport, sent a letter to the president on Tuesday asking him to work with Congress to earmark even more infrastructure funding for the state. He also urged Biden to solve supply chain problems, labor shortages and the rising cost of building materials.

“Ensuring that roads are built, bridges repaired, and drinking water improved will be even more challenging given the economic challenges Washington appears to be unaware of,” Sununu said.

According to the funding formula in the bill, New Hampshire will receive $ 1.1 billion for federal highways and $ 225 million for bridges, the White House said.

The infrastructure bill includes a total of $ 110 billion for the repair of aging highways, bridges and roads. According to the White House, a total of 173,000 miles or nearly 280,000 kilometers of U.S. highways and major roads and 45,000 bridges are in poor condition. The law has nearly $ 40 billion for bridges, the largest single bridge investment since the construction of the national highway system, according to the Biden administration.

Many of the details of how the money is spent will be up to the governments of the state. Biden has named former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu as the link between the White House and the states to help ensure things run smoothly and to prevent waste and fraud.

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