President Joe Biden spent more than an hour on Thursday discussing with a group of lawmakers from both parties the White House’s plans for a sharp increase in spending on projects to restore America’s decaying infrastructure.
One of the main obstacles to implementing this idea for more than a decade has been how the state is trying to find trillions of dollars for new spending, given that congressmen are not willing to raise taxes or look for new sources of budget revenue.
President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg took part in a meeting with some congressmen from the House of Representatives, including Democrat Peter DeFazio, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and his deputy, Republican Sam Graves.
At the beginning of the meeting, Biden declared his desire to make the United States once again “a world leader in all areas of infrastructure,” emphasizing that “this will increase our global competitiveness.” The White House did not say how much Biden is going to spend on infrastructure or how he will pay for its construction.
Commenting on the meeting results, Democrat DeFazio said that Biden “wants to act as quickly as possible” and plans to spend as much money as possible on restoring infrastructure, seeing this as “the key to the success of the recovery package.”
Graves, a Republican, stressed that the infrastructure plan should be agreed upon between both parties and necessary to determine the funding mechanism.
“This can’t be either that or nothing approach, as it was in the last Congress,” Graves said, referring to a bill previously developed by Democrats. – The Highway Construction Act can’t grow into a multi-trillion-dollar universal bill; otherwise, it will lose Republican support.”
Last month, Biden discussed infrastructure issues with a group of senators from both parties. His predecessor, Donald Trump, failed to agree with lawmakers on a massive bill to repair and replace outdated and life-threatening bridges, airports, water pipes, and other projects.
During his presidential campaign, Biden promised to invest $ 2 trillion in repairing highways, bridges, and airports, building climate-resilient housing, laying broadband Internet, stimulating the production of fuel-efficient cars, and creating charging stations for electric vehicles.