House Passes Biden’s Massive Infrastructure Bill

Last Friday, the House passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill worth more than $1 trillion. It was sent to President Joe Biden in a crucial step towards enacting massive Democratic economic plans.

In August, the Senate approved the overhaul of transportation, utilities, and broadband. This legislation’s passage represents perhaps the most tangible achievement of the united Democratic government since the spring when it approved a $1.9 trillion package for coronavirus relief.

It passed by a vote of 228 to 206. It was supported by 13 Republicans, and opposed by six Democrats. Biden could sign it within days.

Washington has failed to pass major bills to improve critical transportation and utility infrastructure over the years. This is a problem that has been magnified by extreme weather. The White House also claimed that the bill could help get goods moving, as supply-chain problems contribute to higher prices for American customers.

After a day of debate over how to implement the two planks on the party’s agenda, the vote was held Friday. This push-and-pull was a result of party leaders’ long-running struggle to get both centrists and progressives behind the same bills. They have different views on the government’s role within the economy.

Democrats set out to pass the infrastructure legislation as well as the larger party’s $1.75 trillion climate and social safety net. The approval of the social spending plan was delayed by a few centrists asking for a Congressional Budget Office estimate on its budgetary effects. Progressives wanted assurances that the remaining holdouts would vote for the larger proposal if they voted in favor of the infrastructure bill.

After hours of negotiations – including a Biden call to a progressive caucus meeting asking lawmakers to support the infrastructure bill – the party’s liberal wing received assurances from centrists they would support the larger package. was cleared, a crucial procedural hurdle on Saturday morning.

The Senate bill was crafted with the help of Republicans, who received 19 GOP votes. A variety of Republican Party congressmen opposed the bill because it was too closely linked to the larger Democratic proposal, which they were trying to pass through the budget reconciliation process to prevent the Republicans from joining the decision-making process.

After hours of deliberating among Democrats and delays, the House voted 228 to 206 to pass a $1.2 billion infrastructure bill. The bipartisan measure was sent to President Joe Biden for his signature.

However, even though Democratic leaders were able to unite House moderates and progressives in order to hold a vote to pass the Senate-passed bill to the floor, not all party members voted for it.

Several progressives voted “no” to the legislation, having repeatedly called for the infrastructure and separate economic package (known as the Build Back Better Act) to be moved together.

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