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As the agenda got stuck, WH turned its focus back to infrastructure

JOSH BOAK

President Joe Biden on Friday tried to forget recent setbacks with voting rights and his economic agenda by talking about progress being made on his $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package.

“When we invest in infrastructure, we are really investing in capabilities,” Biden said. “This is an investment that will build a better America. Sounds like hyperbole, but it’s true.”

Sixty days after the infrastructure package became law in November, the Department of Transportation is launching a $27 billion program to repair and upgrade some 15,000 bridges. As part of a five-year program, the federal government will provide almost $5.5 billion this fiscal year to the states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the tribes.

The President is trying to regain a sense of optimism after his administration has gone through a tough week. His economic and voting rights program was blocked in the Senate, while the Supreme Court suspended his administration’s mandate to vaccinate or test businesses with more than 100 employees.

Biden said he was determined to show that infrastructure package-related construction can improve people’s lives.

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“There’s a lot of talk about being disappointed with what we haven’t done – I might add that we’re going to do a lot of that,” he said. “But this is what we have done and it has huge implications for the country.”

Before Biden’s speech, the White House released a fact sheet detailing how the administration is preparing to allocate funds for infrastructure. It is planned to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles. The Department of Transportation has announced approximately $56 billion in funding to improve highways, airports, and seaports.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to allocate $7.4 billion to upgrade water and sewer systems. Among other initiatives, steps are also being taken to establish broadband Internet access.

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been tasked with managing the implementation of infrastructure spending. He appeared with Biden on Friday and promised to “deliver results on time, on target and within budget.”

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