President Joe BidenMonday’s signing of the bipartisan legislation bill was his second major legislative achievement as president after the coronavirus relief program earlier in the year and one Democrats are hoping will lift his shaky political standing ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

Biden hailed the bill as “proof that despite the cynics, Democrats and Republicans can come together and deliver results.”

The White House lawn was filled with union workers, several of whom delivered remarks, as well as Democratic and Republican mayors, governors and lawmakers for the president’s bill signing ceremony.

The event also saw several Republican legislators who participated in the drafting of the legislation. Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy (Louisiana), Shelley Moore Capito(W.Va.), and Rob Portman (“Ohio”) gave remarks.

“How many times have we heard that bipartisanship isn’t possible anymore or that important policy can only happen on a party line? Our legislation proves the opposite,” said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

“To paraphrase one of my favorite former vice presidents: It’s a big effin’ deal,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at the White House, calling back to Biden’s 2010 remarks about the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Biden frequently claimed that his relationship with Republicans and skills in negotiating deals during his time in the Senate led to bipartisan progress in his term. At least he did what his predecessor Donald Trump could not: he addressed infrastructure.

Nevertheless, Portman, the retiring Republican whom Sinema called a close partner in negotiations, thanked Trump, saying he “furthered discussion” on infrastructure.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide $1.2 trillion in federal funding over the next eight years aimed at overhauling the nation’s roads, bridges, railways, ports, utilities, internet access and more. The bill will make the biggest investment in America’s infrastructure system in decades, creating jobs and bolstering the economy in the process.

The effects of the bill won’t be felt by voters right away, however. Construction of roads and bridges takes time. In some cases the federal government may take even longer to give contracts. However, Democrats may continue to reap the benefits. Democratic legislators already hitting the campaign trailThey are now going after Republicans who voted in opposition to the bill.

Biden will also be on the road to promote the bill, starting with stops in New Hampshire Tuesday. Polls have shown that the president’s approval rating weakened substantially in recent months, and a popular bipartisan achievement could blunt that trend.

Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Schumer made a point to emphasize that the infrastructure bill is only one part of the administration’s agenda. Biden is still seeking to make law the second half of his Build Back Better agenda ― the social spending and climate package.

“This bill, as significant as it is, as historic as it is, is part one of two,” Harris said Monday. “To lower costs and cut taxes for working families and to tackle the climate crisis at its core, Congress must also pass the Build Back Better Act.”

Over the past 10 years, more than $1 billion has been spent. This money is used to reduce costs for health care, child and other care.

Pelosi indicated at the signing ceremony that the House hopes it will pass this week’s version of the Build back Better Act. That bill isn’t likely to get any GOP support, and Democrats have struggled to unify around the measure and pass it on their own.


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