President Joe Biden signed a Democrat-drafted $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law on Monday, Nov. 15, sealing one of the most expensive measures in U.S. history.

The hard-fought bill was signed after it passed the House in a 228-206 vote, in which 13 Republicans bucked their party to support the measure and six Democrats also crossed the aisle to oppose it.

In remarks celebrating the passage of the bill on the White House lawn, Biden touted the bipartisanship in a polarized period in the U.S.

“With this law, we focus on getting things done. I ran for President because the only way to move this country forward, in my view, was through compromise and consensus. That’s how the system works. That’s American democracy,” Biden said.

Biden declared that the new law will infuse cash into roads, railroads, bridges, ports and airports, and make life “change for the better” for many American people.

“My message to the American people is this: America is moving again and your life is going to change for the better,” Biden said.

“This law makes this the most significant investment in roads and bridges in the past 70 years. It makes the most significant investment in passenger rail in the past 50 years and in public transit ever,” he said.

According to CNBC, the infrastructure package will put $550 billion in new funds into transportation, broadband and utilities; $110 billion into roads, bridges and other major projects; $66 billion in freight and passenger rail; and $39 billion into public transit systems.

The measure will invest $65 billion into expanding internet broadband and direct $55 billion into improving water systems and replacing lead pipes.

Biden celebrates the infrastructure bill, a major accomplishment of his term, as his administration is facing sustained inflation and a lingering COVID-19 pandemic, a looming standoff over the debt ceiling, and uncertainty over the second half of its economic agenda, among other issues, which is dampening his approval ratings.

Biden last week said that he expects the infrastructure plan would be an eventual fix for the inflation and supply chain woes, but a question lingers that if the infrastructure projects begin their construction quick enough to ease the Americans’ impatience.

The government reported last week that U.S. annual consumer prices in October climbed 6.2% from a year ago, marking the highest inflation rate since November 1990. 

Biden and his administration are trying to minimize its impact ahead of the midterm elections.

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