President Biden signed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law on Monday, marking a hard-won victory for his domestic agenda.
why it matters: The law covers huge investments in roads, bridges, waterways and other “tough infrastructure”. It is the largest public-works bill since former President Eisenhower created the Interstate Highway System in 1956.
- The legislation will cost $1.2 trillion over eight years, and includes more than $550 billion in new spending.
big picture: White House on Sunday Nominated Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu as senior advisor responsible for coordinating the implementation of the law.
- Landrieu will oversee funding for the upgrade of roads, bridges, rail and high-speed internet, among other responsibilities.
what is he saying: “Too often in Washington, we can’t get things done because we insist on getting everything we want,” Biden said in an address. “With this legislation, we focused on getting the job done.”
- “I ran for president because the only way to move our country forward is through agreement and consensus,” he said.
- “No parent should sit in a parking lot [at a] fast food restaurants again so their child can use the Internet to do their homework,” he said. “It’s over, guys.”
- “This law is a blue-collar blueprint for rebuilding America. It leaves no one behind, and it marks a turning point we face as a nation.”
- “And my message to the American people is: America is moving forward again. And your life is going to change for the better,” he said. “We got it done, America.”
bipartisan mix of Congress members, The mayor, governor and activists sit in the audience on the lawn of the White House. Biden defeated Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Sens. Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), among others.
- “I’m not going to hurt you, Rob, because I know you’re not running again,” Biden joked at one point.
Between the lines: Biden stopped signing the bill after it passed the House on November 5 so that a bipartisan group of lawmakers back from Congressional recess could attend the event.
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