The U.S. Senate approved the country's infrastructure modernization plan and approved the parameters of the federal budget for the next fiscal year. Both are a victory for President Biden over the right-wing Republican Party led by Donald Trump, who called Biden's projects вЂњa plan to destroy America.
The vote in the Senate was preceded by long and difficult negotiations. In the end, 19 Republicans decided to vote with the Democrats for the infrastructure renewal bill. When this became known, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer took the floor.
It was a long and winding road, but we persevered and we got there. There have been many obstacles on our road, many detours, but now the American people will see the most significant infusion of money into infrastructure in decades. In a few minutes, the Senate will pass on a bipartisan basis an Infrastructure Bill that will allocate more than a trillion dollars to strengthen all of our nation's major physical infrastructure. This is long overdue. Our economy ranks first in the world, and infrastructure ranks 13th. You'll find better roads, bridges, airports, and broadband in the United Arab Emirates than in the United States.
Today, the Senate is taking a decade-late step to revitalize America's infrastructure and give our workers, our businesses, and our economy the tools to succeed in the 21st century. The law will make big and dramatic changes in both productivity and job creation in America for decades to come.вЂќ
The conversation about overhauling America's infrastructure has been going on for decades. For example, according to federal data, more than 220,000 bridges in the United States are in need of repair or replacement. That's 36 percent of all bridges in the country.
Donald Trump has vehemently pushed his fellow party members to vote against it, threatening to withdraw their support in the next election. Fox News columnist Maria Bartiromo called out one of the Republicans who voted for -- formerly Trump loyalist Kevin Cramer.
Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer is on Fox News getting castigated by Maria Bartiromo for supporting the bipartisan infrastructure bill pic.twitter.com/u1YouOsnS5— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 8, 2021
вЂ” Let me end this question with a comment from President Trump. He said: вЂњJoe Biden's infrastructure plan will be used against the Republican Party in future elections in 2022 and 2024. It would be very difficult for me to support the re-election of someone who would be foolish enough to vote for this deal.вЂќ What do you say?
вЂ” He didn't give a single reason why it's a bad deal, except that it's Joe Biden's plan.