Biden Hails Passage of Infrastructure Plan
The infrastructure plan passed late Friday night, with 13 Republicans joining 215 Democrats in support of the legislation.
US President Joe Biden welcomed congress’ passage of his $1.2 trillion infrastructure package as a "monumental step forward" after months of tense negotiations.
Speaking from the White House, Biden asserted that both houses of Congress would pass an even bigger social spending package -- the "Build Back Better" plan.
The US President has also expressed his confidence that the house will pass the Build Black Better Act during the week of November 15.
I am urging all members to vote for both the rule for consideration of the Build Back Better Act and final passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill tonight.— President Biden (@POTUS) November 6, 2021
I am confident that during the week of November 15, the House will pass the Build Back Better Act.
Earlier, the House of Representatives has passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, 228-206, fulfilling a major priority for President Biden's domestic agenda and cementing a political victory for Democrats.
Significant investments in roads, bridges, railroads, and broadband internet are included in the plan.
The final vote
Six progressive Democrats voted against the bill after a broader social expenditure bill failed to gather enough support for a floor vote on Friday.
President Joe Biden took last-minute calls with key House members as Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed through two critical votes on the Democratic agenda: the President's $1.75 trillion "Build Back Better" social spending and climate policy package and the separate $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan.
The final vote on the infrastructure plan, already passed by the Senate, was passed 228-206, late Friday night, with 13 Republicans joining Democrats in favor of the bill, and six Democrats voting against it. The bill will now be sent to Biden's desk to be signed.
After the Senate passed the law, it took 87 days for the House to approve the spending, which included two presidential trips to the Capitol and hundreds of discussions between the White House and members of Congress.