US News Live: President Joe Biden signs $1.2 tn infrastructure bill into law – Times of India

I know folks are tired of the bickering in Washington. Frustrated by the negativity. Today, I want you to know we hear you and we see you. The bill I’m about to sign into law is proof that Democrats and Republicans can work together. Proof that we can deliver real results.

President Joe Biden

This bill, as significant as it is, as historic as it is, is part 1 of 2… Congress must also pass the Build Back Better Act

Vice President Kamala Harris

For years, we heard that an infrastructure bill is coming. Today, we’re telling the American people that an infrastructure bill is finally here. Thank you, President Biden!

Senator Chuck Schumer, at the signing ceremony

“My message to the American people is: America is moving again,” Biden said in prepared remarks released ahead of the ceremony. “And your life is going to change for the better.”

The president hopes to use the law to build back his popularity, which has taken a hit amid rising inflation and the inability to fully shake the public health and economic risks from Covid-19.

The $1.2 tn infrastructure bill is expected to create jobs across the country by dispersing billions of dollars to state and local governments to fix crumbling bridges and roads, and expanding broadband internet access to millions of Americans.

In addition, Biden signed an executive order before the ceremony directing that materials made in the United States will be given priority in infrastructure projects, the White House said. It also established a task force made up of top Cabinet officials to guide implementation of the legislation.

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