The US President, Joe Biden, celebrated on Tuesday (24) the advances in Congress of his two gigantic investment plans in the order of nearly 5 trillion dollars in infrastructure and social projects, after the Democrats overcome their internal divisions.
The final vote will take place in early autumn in the northern hemisphere.
Until then, intense negotiations between the left and center sectors are planned in the Democratic Party itself, which has a small majority in both chambers of Parliament.
Biden brought to Congress a $1.2 trillion infrastructure development plan and a ten-year $3.5 trillion investment bill that would fund improvements in education, health care, and resilience on the front. to climate change.
“Today, the House of Representatives has taken a huge step towards historic investments that will transform the United States,” the Democratic president said in a televised speech originally slated to focus on Afghanistan.
“These investments will reduce household expenses and not only relieve them a little. In addition, we will make essential investments, expected for too long, in infrastructure”, he added.
Criticized on all sides for the chaotic withdrawal of American troops from Kabul, Biden preferred to dedicate the opening of his speech to this political success, after having actively participated in the negotiations.
Specifically, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a resolution that will make it possible to overcome a possible blockade of Republicans in the Senate in order to be able to approve, in the fall, with only Democratic votes if necessary, the “most consequential” social reform plan in the United States since the 1930s, Biden said.
The project for social investments in education, health, the labor market and combating climate change was approved by 220 votes, all Democrats, against 212, all Republicans.
Democrats should now focus on writing a detailed plan for September 15th.
Negotiations will be tough: two Democratic senators from the center have already announced that they will not support such high spending.
There is no scheduled date for the vote yet.
To appease moderates, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was committed to “passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill by Sept. 27. I do so with the commitment to gather Democratic support in the Chamber for its approval”, he highlighted.
The infrastructure project includes $550 billion in new expenditures and aims to revitalize and expand highway, train, bridge networks and expand broadband access across the country.
With the reorientation of other existing financing, the plan reaches a total value of 1.2 trillion dollars.
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