Biden to sign bipartisan infrastructure bill on Monday – live | US News
Framed by shipping crates and cranes and a setting sun, Joe Biden performed a long-awaited victory lap on passing his infrastructure bill during a visit to the Port of Baltimore.
“Infrastructure week has finally arrived,” he said with a chuckle. The audience included longshoremen, several members of the Maryland congressional delegation, the mayor of Baltimore and state governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who welcomed the passage of the bill.
In his remarks, Biden vowed to fight the inflation that drives up the price of “everything from gasoline gall to a loaf of bread.”
Biden then offered a lengthy explanation of supply chains, something no one thinks about until they have to, he said. He said recent moves by the White House to alleviate bottlenecks in the supply chain would help drive down prices and ensure shelves are stocked in time for the holidays. In the long term, he said, the infrastructure bill will help build resilience in the face of future supply chain disruptions: pandemics, climate disasters or cyber attacks.
Biden again advocated for his Build Back Better program, which faces new hurdles following a consumer index report that showed prices rising. Senator Joe Manchin, already resistant to the bill, said Washington could “no longer ignore the economic pain” caused by inflation.
Biden said tackling inflation was a “top priority” and reiterated this point in his remarks. He argued that his Build Back Better would help reduce inflation by easing financial pressures on American families, especially parents and the elderly.
“We’re going to build a better America – it’s no joke,” he said. “We’re going to mess the world up again – no joke.”
But in typical Biden fashion, he ended with a joke. acknowledging that he may take his breath away, he told a man in the crowd with “as little hair as mine” to put his hat back on.
“I’ll put it back on – you’re going to be cold,” he said.