US Congress passes Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package
Washington: US Congress has passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, delivering on a major pillar of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda after months of internal deliberations and painstaking divisions among Democrats.
The House passed the measure 228-206, prompting prolonged cheers from the relieved Democratic side of the chamber. Thirteen Republicans, mostly moderates, supported the legislation while six of Democrats’ farthest left members — including Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Cori Bush of Missouri — opposed it.
Approval of the legislation, which would create legions of jobs and improve broadband, water supplies and other public works, whisked it to the desk of a president whose approval ratings have dropped and whose nervous party got a cold shoulder from voters in this week’s off-year elections.
The $1.2 trillion transport and broadband internet upgrade was rubber-stamped by the House with a comfortable majority after more than a dozen Republicans joined Democrats to back the bill.
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