Biden makes an attempt bipartisan push for infrastructure bundle | Govt-and-politics
President Joe Biden speaks about infrastructure during a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and members of the House of Representatives in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Rep. John Katko, RN.Y., left, attends a meeting with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, background, and other members of the House of Representatives in the White House Oval Office Washington, Thursday, Jan. March 2021, about infrastructure.
President Joe Biden and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg (right) will meet with Vice President Kamala Harris and members of the House of Representatives on Infrastructure on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
By JOSH BOAK and ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden tried to maintain the bipartisan momentum for a new infrastructure program by meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the White House on Thursday.
The meeting was about “what we’re going to do to make sure we are leading the world all over again in terms of infrastructure,” said Biden. “Not only does it create jobs, it also makes us a lot more competitive around the world if we have the best infrastructure. “
Infrastructure spending appears to be the next big priority for the Biden administration after the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package cleared the Senate, likely in the direction of die-hard partisans. The prospect of funding roads, bridges, ports, broadband, and other infrastructure is an opportunity for Biden to rebuild his relationship with Republicans. It also allows him to achieve a political feat that has escaped both the Obama and Trump administrations.
Biden met with eight members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday, a follow-up to a meeting with senators on infrastructure on Feb.11.
The president laid the groundwork for an infrastructure package during last year’s campaign by proposing $ 2 trillion “accelerated” investments to move to cleaner energy, build electric vehicle charging points, support public transportation, and build roads and bridges repair. The plan emphasizes the importance of tackling climate change and creating unionized jobs.