In a measure tailored to lead to massive job growth across the United States, President Joe Biden signed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Monday at a White House ceremony attended by a cross-section of Democrats and Republicans.
Biden’s infrastructure bill will offer state and local governments $550 billion to fix and maintain poorly preserved bridges and roads. The plan also aims to provide millions of Americans with broadband internet coverage and improved water systems. Over a five-year period, the bill targets to generate a boost in employment and lead to a more prosperous America for everyone.
The signing of the bill was supported by a massive turnout from members of both parties. And this event signified a rare historic moment when both Democrats and Republicans were willing to put aside their differences for the greater good.
Reuters reports that there were supportive chants of “Joe, Joe, Joe” on the chilly White House South Lawn where the bill was signed. And as he made his way to the microphone, President Biden, who has been universally criticized for his management of the economy, was given a standing ovation.
According to CNBC, before signing the bill, Biden explained, “We are 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.” Biden also added that the bill was a blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America and stressed, “Despite the cynics, Democrats and Republicans can come together and deliver results. Too often in Washington, we don’t get things done because we insist on getting everything we want. With this law, we focused on getting things done.”
The festive atmosphere at the ceremony was shared by all those in attendance, including Republicans such as Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, and Maryland Governor Larry Hoga.
The optimism was said to be contagious, and Senator Kyrsten Sinema said, “Delivering this legislation for the American people – this is what it looks like when elected leaders set aside differences, shut out the noise and focus on delivering results on the issues that matter most to everyday Americans.”