President Biden praised the bipartisan outcome of the infrastructure bill and thanked both Democrats and Republicans for keeping their word in passing it through the Senate.
“This bill shows that we can work together. I know a lot of people, some sitting in the audience here, didn’t think this could happen… That bipartisanship was a thing of the past. From the time I announced my candidacy… It was characterized as a relic of an earlier age. As you may well remember, I never believe that. I still don’t. So, I want to thank those senators who worked so hard to bring this agreement together. I know it wasn’t easy,” Biden said during remarks from the White House.
Biden specifically thanked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his support, adding that the “Republicans who supported this bill, you showed a lot of courage. I want to personally thank you for that. And I’ve called most of you on the phone to do just that. You have and, no doubt you will, disagree with me on many issues. Where we can agree, we should. Here on this bill, we proved we can still come together to do big things, important things for the American people.”
The bill passed by a bipartisan majority of 69-30, with 19 Republican senators voting for the bill, including McConnell.
Biden also praised Democrats for pushing for the legislation. “We can be proud of this unprecedented investments that are going to transform the nation and change millions of lives for the better,” he said.
Biden also acknowledged that the Senate passage is just the one part of the process, and now faces its next journey in the House.
“Let’s be clear. Work is far from done. The bill now has to go to the House of Representatives where I look forward to winning its approval,” the President noted.