President Biden Signs Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

On Monday afternoon, President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill The Infrastructure and Jobs Act – into law.

“My fellow Americans, today I want you to know: We hear you and we see you,” Biden said at a signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

“The bill I’m about to sign into law is proof that, despite the cynics, Democrats and Republicans can come together and deliver results,” Biden said. “We can do this. We can deliver real results for real people.”

The bill includes $550 billion in new funds, and it is expected to fund nationwide infrastructure improvements, including repairs and upgrades to roads, bridges and other major areas of infrastructure, such as wastewater systems, including a $15 billion investment in the replacement of lead pipes, and electrical grids.

The bill also notably includes a $65 billion investment in the expansion of access to broadband internet by offering federal funding to broadband companies that offer a low-cost affordable plan, creating price transparency and by boosting competition in areas with inadequate service, and creating federal aid for low-income households that need internet access.

“We’ve heard countless speeches… but today we’re finally getting this done,” Biden told hundreds of invitees on the White House South Lawn.

“So my message to the American people is this: America is moving again and your life is going to change for the better.”

The bipartisan infrastructure legislation had the support of 19 Republican senators and 13 GOP congressmen.

With the infrastructure bill now enacted, Biden plans to sell the legislation’s benefits across the U.S. in coming days, including visits to a degraded bridge site in New Hampshire and a General Motors electric vehicle plant in Michigan.

The passage of the second part of the infrastructure bill, the Build Back Back Act, remains uncertain, although the House is scheduled to take up the legislation this week.

 

 

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