President Joe Biden will sign the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law on Monday
According to a White House official, President Joe Biden will sign the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package into law on Monday, joined by a bipartisan group of members of Congress in a White House ceremony.
According to the person, Biden will be joined at the ceremony by a bipartisan group of governors and mayors, as well as a labor union and business representatives. Members of Congress who assisted in the drafting of the legislation will be present, according to the official.
Faced with low poll numbers, increasing inflation, and difficulties in passing the rest of his legislative agenda, the president has delayed signing the infrastructure bill in order to highlight his huge bipartisan achievement.
Biden will also discuss how the infrastructure bill will help to strengthen supply chains and alleviate bottlenecks during his speech on Monday, according to a White House official. On Wednesday, the president planned to deliver a similar message at a port in Baltimore.
After the Senate cleared the bill in August, the House of Representatives passed it late Friday. Biden has stated that he would like to arrange a ceremony with members of Congress who are on vacation and out of Washington this week, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris, who is now in France.
“Vice President Harris and I look forward to having a formal signing ceremony for this bipartisan infrastructure soon,” Biden told reporters Saturday.
“I’m not doing it this weekend,” he added, “because I want people who worked so hard to get this done — Democrats and Republicans — to be here when we sign it.”
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as it is officially known, allocated hundreds of billions of dollars to enhance the nation’s highways, bridges, and roads, as well as passenger rail, public transportation, broadband connectivity, and the electricity grid, among other physical infrastructure improvements.
The White House has quoted outside experts to suggest that over the next decade, it will create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Despite widespread public support for the infrastructure bill and the “Build Back Better” social bill he is also attempting to pass through Congress, the president’s approval ratings are low.
Biden and his administration have begun a public relations campaign to promote the two bills, with the president visiting a port in Baltimore on Wednesday and sitting for an interview with a Cincinnati television station, as well as Cabinet officials giving interviews to explain how the infrastructure bill will benefit Americans in particular.
According to a countrywide poll conducted by Monmouth University from Nov. 4 to 8, 42 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of his position, while 64 percent believe things in the United States have started off on the wrong track.
However, 65 percent of respondents indicated they were in favor of the infrastructure package, and 62 percent said they were in favor of the overall social spending plan.
The president, vice president, and Cabinet will travel around the country in the coming weeks to explain how the law will benefit communities, improve the economy, and prepare America to compete in the twenty-first century.