President Joe Biden hails the passage of his landmark $1tn (£741bn) infrastructure spending package as a “monumental step forward”

President Joe Biden hails the passage of his landmark $1tn (£741bn) infrastructure spending package as a “monumental step forward”

President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden hails the passage of his landmark $1tn (£741bn) infrastructure spending package as a “monumental step forward”—

Negotiations over the sweeping public works bill – which passed the House of Representatives with 228-206 vote – created a bitter split among Democrats.

“Finally, infrastructure week,” Mr Biden told reporters. “I’m so happy to say that: infrastructure week.”

A more ambitious social spending bill favoured by liberals was put on hold.

The infrastructure package now heads to Mr Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

Billed as a “once-in-a-generation” spending measure, the infrastructure legislation proposes $550bn in new federal expenditure, over the next eight years, to upgrade highways, roads and bridges, and to modernise city transit systems and passenger rail networks.

The agreement also sets aside funding for clean drinking water, high speed internet, and a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging points.

It is the largest federal investment in the country’s infrastructure for decades and is seen as a major domestic win for the US president.

“We took a monumental step forward as a nation”, Mr Biden told reporters. “We did something that’s long overdue… a once-in-a-generation investment that’s going to create millions of jobs modernising infrastructure, our roads, our bridges, our broadband, all range of things”.

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