On Friday, President Joe Biden visited Pittsburgh to tout the importance of his $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal just hours after a bridge in the city’s Frick Park collapsed.
A Port Authority bus and multiple private vehicles were on it during the collapse. Pittsburgh officials said ten people were injured, but no one suffered serious injuries. Pittsburgh officials said they are investigating the cause of the collapse.
Biden visited the site of the collapse before speaking at a manufacturing research and development center. Biden promised that money from the infrastructure law would help rebuild the collapsed Pittsburgh bridge and “thousands of other bridges across the country,” but he also expressed urgency to get the funding distributed.
“We’ve got to move,” he said. “We don’t need headlines that say someone was killed when the next bridge collapses.”
Biden also spoke about his plan to plug abandoned gas wells throughout the country. Pennsylvania is home to thousands of these abandoned wells, which are known to leak methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.
“Now it is time to create good-paying union jobs, capping those wells,” he said.
After speaking about the infrastructure bill and efforts to fix the supply chain, he also advocated for the Build Back Better bill, a trillion-dollar plan to address issues like climate change, child care, paid leave and universal Pre-K schooling. Biden even became emphatic and raised his voice during the speech when talking about the necessity of this bill to help working families.
“Can you imagine looking at your child, and knowing what they need, and not being able to do it?” said Biden in reference to money in Build Back Better for child care.
He continuously emphasized that his Build Back Better plan will result in little to no tax increases for the average American, saying large companies and those who make more than $400,000 yearly will have to start paying more.
“The United States is at a position to out-compete the rest of the world once again,” he said, calling the moment “a real inflection point.”
“Let’s keep building a better America,” he said. “It is completely in our power, I promise you.”