(FiveNation.com)- After a very long delay and a long fight within his own party, President Joe Biden this week finally signed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law.
On Monday, Biden held a celebration on the White House lawn to sign the bill. In the process, he declared that this new infusion of money set aside for ports, bridges, roads and other major infrastructure in the U.S. will be a “change for the better” for all Americans.
Biden is probably hoping that this “victory” for him will help him regain some popularity among American voters, as that’s slipped significantly in the less than a year he’s been in office. He’ll also hope to drum up some support for the massive social spending bill that the Democrats are still trying to come to an agreement on.
As he signed the infrastructure bill on Monday, Biden said:
“My message to the American people is this: America is moving again, and your life is going to change for the better.”
Biden’s initial proposal for infrastructure improvements was whittled down considerably to this final version. In fact, it’s roughly $2 trillion less than what the president had proposed originally.
At the same time, the bill was crafted on a bipartisan basis, and did have support from both Republicans and Democrats — even if way more liberals voted in favor of it than conservatives did.
In addition to improving major physical infrastructure, the bill will help provide cleaner drinking water, increase access to broadband internet and also help shift the country away from using fossil fuels.
As Biden explained:
“Folks, too often in Washington, the reason we didn’t get things done is because we insisted on getting everything we want. Everything. With this law, we focused on getting things done. I ran for president because the only way to move our country forward in my view was through compromise and consensus.”
Biden’s “stumping” for the infrastructure package isn’t going to stop just because he signed the bill into law. He is going to be taking to the streets around the country to tout all the benefits he says it will bring, in a major sign that he recognizes he’s not in a favorable position — and neither is the Democratic Party heading into next year’s crucial midterm elections.
On Tuesday, the president was scheduled to visit a New Hampshire bridge that’s on the “red list” to get repairs. On Wednesday, he’ll go to the electric vehicle plant that assembles General Motors cars.
Some other officials within the Biden administration will spread out in different parts of the country to talk about the benefits of the bill in individual ways as well.
It’s ultra-important to the Biden administration to drum up support for the president and his party, just as Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary said on Monday:
“We see this as an opportunity because we know that the president’s agenda is quite popular.”
Their outreach to potential voters will move “beyond the legislative process to talk about how this is going to help them. And we’re hoping that’s going to have an impact.”