Biden kicks off sales tour to save bipartisan infrastructure deal
White House officials have spent the past few days seeking reassurance to progressive and centrist lawmakers, as well as outside groups who have lobbied for all or part of Mr. Biden’s sprawling economic agenda.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told Air Force One reporters on Tuesday that Mr Biden’s aides have had calls in recent days with more than 60 Democratic and Republican lawmakers, chiefs of staff and directors of personnel, across the House and Senate. . Senior White House officials on Tuesday met with four Democrats and four Republicans in the House Problem Solvers Caucus, a centrist group, and administration officials also held talks with the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Ms Psaki said White House staff reached out to more than 100 progressive groups in a call organized by the Build Back Together group.
“We have every senior member of the White House working to communicate directly with the public, with groups, with members of Congress on the components of this package and our continued commitment to bring the reconciliation package to the line as well. ‘arrival,’ said Ms. Psaki mentioned.
In Wisconsin, Mr. Biden has sought to reassure everyone involved, in a number of ways.
His starting point in each case was to highlight the components of the bipartisan agreement, presenting it as a job creator that would help urban, rural and suburban Americans. “This bipartisan breakthrough means a lot to the American people,” Biden said, predicting the deal would create jobs that don’t require a college degree. “It’s a blue collar plan to rebuild America.”
He said the deal would improve the quality of life for Wisconsin residents, including through the increased deployment of high-speed internet in rural areas, where the White House says about 35% of families do not have access to it. ‘Reliable internet.
Mr Biden said the $ 65 billion to expand broadband access under the deal would be enough to make high-speed internet available to “every American home.” Independent experts say the money is unlikely to go that far. The US jobs plan proposed by Mr Biden reportedly allocated $ 100 billion to completely complete the process of extending broadband to every home.
Mr. Biden also pledged that the bill would replace the nearly 80,000 water lines in Milwaukee that are lead, as well as all other lead water lines in America. He pitched spending on repairing roads and bridges as a way to reduce traffic for drivers across the country, which he said represented an annual loss of $ 1,000 for the average American due to a waste of time. White House officials did not provide details of how much of this “road tax” the deal would alleviate.