US President Joe Biden will have a ceremony early next week to sign the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that recently cleared Congress, the White House said.”
On Monday, the President will host a bipartisan bill signing ceremony for his Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” the White House said in a press release on Wednesday.The Senate-passed infrastructure bill was approved on Friday by the House of Representatives with a 228-206 vote.
The bill will fund projects to build bridges, roads, water infrastructure, electric vehicle infrastructure, as well as strengthen energy grids and provide internet access nationwide.
Critics have charged that only 10% of the funds provided by the measure will go on improving the country’s infrastructure.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that Congress also intends to pass the $1.75 trillion reconciliation bill that funds social welfare and climate change efforts next week.
A recent poll has revealed Americans continue to sour on President Biden’s performance in office, even as at least six-in ten continue to back his spending plans on infrastructure and social welfare programs. According to a Monmouth University poll, Biden ”currently holds a job performance rating of 42% approve and 50% disapprove.”
At the same time, support for the bipartisan infrastructure deal stands at 65 percent.Former US President Donald Trump has harshly criticized the 11 Republicans who broke ranks by voting for the bill.
“All Republicans who voted for Democrat longevity should be ashamed of themselves, in particular Mitch McConnell, for granting a two month stay which allowed the Democrats time to work things out at our Country’s, and the Republican Party’s, expense!” Trump said in a statement.
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