After an intense day of negotiations among House Representatives, the Democrats managed to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Now only President Biden’s signature is needed to put into effect one of the most expensive political plans in U.S. history.
Democrats celebrated after a week of bruising electoral defeats. And despite infighting between party moderates and progressives, they managed to agree to pass the bipartisan bill, which had the support of just 13 Republicans in a final vote of 228-206, Fox News reported.
“Tonight, we took a monumental step forward as a nation,” Biden said in a statement issued by the White House on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Biden, who has been pushing Democrats to pass the bill as soon as possible, called the legislation a “once-in-a-generation investment in our people.”
Not all Democrats voted in favor, the six members of the so-called “Democratic squad” who represent the more left-leaning wing of the party, let their increasingly noticeable clash with the rest of their colleagues show and voted against the ambitious bill. After an intense day of negotiations,
House Democrats reached an agreement Friday night to vote on the bill.
They also set up a compromise for a future vote on the ambitious $1.75 trillion separate budget bill pushed by Biden, also known as the Build Back Better bill.
The Biden administration has been lobbying various sectors of the party to gain support for its split economic agenda in the two pieces of legislation. Both include improvements in roads, bridges, airports and the largest expansion of social programs since the 1960s.
While House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to win passage of both bills on Friday, she was forced to postpone a vote on the Build Back Better bill after a group of Democrats demanded at least 72 hours to review the text of the bill.
Originally the Build Back Better bill was for $3.5 trillion in taxpayer dollars, but criticism from Republicans and mainly more moderate Democrats succeeded in cutting the costly bill in half.
Critics of both bills warn that behind their implementation lie many goals sought by the radical left such as a strong insertion of unions in industry and new “labor protections” that will work against sustainable economic development.
It has also been mentioned that the huge increase in government spending will lead to a considerable increase in inflation, which is already a problem for Americans who are seeing their real wages fall considerably.
On their side, more radical Democrats, such as Squad members, claim that the planned spending is still not enough and should be increased even more.
Yesterday marks an important political victory for the Democrats, who succeeded in imposing their huge spending plan. However, it could have been stymied if the Republicans who voted for it had held the line with the rest of their party members.