Washington: US President Joe Biden praised the Senate on Tuesday for passing a “historic” $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, celebrating his vowed to “change the United States” plan to achieve a major victory between the two parties.
By funding roads, bridges and ports, as well as clean water and high-speed Internet work, Biden said the bill, which still needs to be approved by the House of Representatives, will create thousands of high-paying jobs for people without a college degree.
In a speech at the White House, Biden said: “I believe that this historic investment infrastructure is exactly what the American people want.”
“This bill shows that we can work together,” he said.
About seven weeks after Democratic leaders and bipartisan senators cheered the preliminary agreement, the bill gained rare bipartisan support in Washington’s highly polarized political climate.
With a simple majority, it passed 69 votes to 30 with the support of a third of the Republican senators.
The measure will now face a vote of success or failure in the House of Representatives in the next few weeks, and its future is uncertain due to differences in the Democratic majority.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer praised Biden for winning the approval of “the first major infrastructure package on a bipartisan basis in more than a decade” only seven months after taking office.
“It was a long and winding road, but we persisted,” Schumer said.
This ambitious plan provides $550 billion in new federal expenditures for transportation infrastructure, public transportation, broadband Internet and clean water, as well as charging stations and other measures to combat climate change.
The total price-equivalent to Spain’s GDP in 2020-depends on other public funds that have already been allocated.