Monday’s celebration of President Joe Biden’s latest legislative accomplishment will be held at the White House. His administration is pushing for passage of a second bill to implement more aspects his domestic policy.
Biden will host a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers at White House on Monday, as he signs H.R. 3684 — the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” — into law.
The bill was passed by the House of Representatives earlier in the month with a vote of 228 to206. The Senate approved the bill in August with a vote of 69-30.
The law will provide funding for some of America’s most critical infrastructure projects. This includes funds that will be used to repair roads and bridges across the country. This law will also increase funding for public transportation projects, such as rail travel, or expand access to high speed internet.
The law will also address the issue of climate change by creating hundreds of charging stations to charge electric vehicles in the most need areas.
The Biden administration fulfilled campaign promises to create more job opportunities. It also kept its promise to work across the aisle. A total of 19 Republican senators and 17 Republican House members voted with Democrats to get the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” passed — the most bipartisan support a Biden-backed legislative package has received since he took office in January.
The infrastructure package is only a small part of the legislative work Biden plans to do in the next weeks. Lawmakers are currently debating a second bill — the “Build Back Better” plan — that focuses on social spending and combating climate change.
The “Build back Better” plan would increase child care access, reduce eldercare costs and limit the price of prescription drugs. It would be funded by new tax increases for multi-millionaires as well as businesses.
Biden had originally proposed the infrastructure package along with the “Build back Better” plan in one bill. Biden officials split the bills into separate agreements after facing resistance from moderate Democrats as well as Republicans.
The “Build Back Better” plan faces a more narrow path to passage — as of Wednesday, no Republicans in either chamber have expressed support of the bill, and some moderate Democrats are withholding support until the Congressional Budget Office releases findings on the cost of the bill.
The Congressional Budget Office doesn’t have a timetable for when the report will be completed.
Biden will sign the bipartisan Infrastructure Package at a White House ceremony at 3 p.m. ET.