Washington: President Biden celebrated the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, saying it “is proof” both parties “can deliver real results for real people.”
“My fellow Americans, today I want you to know we hear you, and we see you,” Biden said at a White House signing ceremony Monday, reported CNN. “The bill I’m about to sign into law is proof that despite the cynics, Democrats and Republicans can come together and deliver results. We can do this. We can deliver real results for real people.”
“And we’re taking a monumental step forward to build back better as a nation,” he said.
Biden thanked Vice President Kamala Harris, his Cabinet members and Congress for helping pass the bill.
Biden also thanked and praised several senators who were key to the bill’s passage, including Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Democratic Sen. Kirsten Sinema of Arizona, who both spoke at the event.
Notably, Biden also thanked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who did not attend the signing ceremony, “for voting for this bill and talking at how useful and important it is.”
“Here in Washington, we’ve heard countless speeches and promises, and white papers from experts. But today, we’re finally getting this done. So my message to the American people is this — America is moving again. And your life is going to change for the better,” he said.
Biden used a portion of his remarks to speak directly to the American people, saying this day “matters to you as well.”
“I know you’re tired of the bickering in Washington. Frustrated by the negativity and you just want us to use and focus on your needs, your concerns and the conversations that are taking place at your kitchen table,” he said.
The president hopes to use the infrastructure 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.
“My message to the American people is this: America is moving again and your life is going to change for the better,” he said.
However, the prospects are tougher for further bipartisanship ahead of the 2022 midterm elections as Biden pivots back to more difficult negotiations over his broader $1.85tn social spending package.