Infrastructure Bill Passed At Last

After a heated debate between Republicans and Democrats in trying to create a cooperative bipartisan bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was finally signed three days ago on Monday. Seen as Biden’s biggest achievement so far, the new law will prompt the federal government to invest $550 billion in rebuilding roads and bridges, as well in public transit. With an additional $65 billion dollar expansion of internet access for citizens due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as $55 million for a clean water system. This bill will create job opportunities for people living in the United States.

In a report in U.S. News, tribal native groups, such as the Navajo Nation, White Mountain Apache Tribe, and Alaskan villages seem divided with the infrastructure bill, with White Apache Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood stating “[We] hope this administration will continue to focus on the critical needs and keep its foot on the gas in future budget years,” while Navajo President Jonathan Nez was critical of the budget. “What’s the point of giving us money if regulations make it almost impossible to spend it?” Along with this setback, there are still some missing points. Listed by CNN, the package “leaves out Biden’s proposal to spend $400 billion to to bolster caregiving for aging and disabled Americans … [and] improved the wages of home health workers.” There’s also been strong disapproval from the majority of the Republican Party, even though this was meant to be a bipartisan bill. The Philadelphia Inquirer has stated that the 13 Republicans who supported the bill are now facing backlash. Republican representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA) stated “You should vote up or down on a bill based on the text. It shouldn’t matter who benefits politically,” a statement that severed his relations furthermore within the conservative right and his own party.

The matter of political division has severely showcased itself with the so-called bipartisan bill, with Republicans and Democrats still refusing to agree or cooperate with one another. Regardless of this division, the Infrastructure Bill has passed, meaning this new law can benefit the country as a whole as much as American citizens. It’s something we should feel proud of as of now we need to rebuild our decaying system for the near future.