UPDATED 1:07 PM PT – Thursday, November 11, 2021
Joe Biden is set to sign the long-awaited and so-called “urgent” infrastructure bill on Monday, nearly a week later than expected. Speaking in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, Biden said it is “monumental” for Congress to finally pass the bipartisan bill.
“We took a monumental step forward as a nation, and we did something long overdue and long talked about in Washington, but almost never actually done,” said Biden. The House of Representatives passed my bipartisan infrastructure bill.”
According to the White House, Biden is waiting to sign the bill until Monday’s ceremony, which will include a “diverse group of leaders who fought for its passage across the country,” like governors, mayors and union bosses. Meanwhile, Biden explained what the $1.2 trillion measure sitting on his desk can do for Americans.
Last week, we took a monumental step forward as a nation.
Not only did we learn that our economy has created 5.6 million jobs since I took office and reached an unemployment rate of 4.6%.
We also did something long overdue: passed my Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 10, 2021
“We’re going to make high-speed internet available to everywhere in America. Those of you who have kids in school, when we’ve been going this hybrid thing, some in class and some out of class…how many times, if you don’t live in an area where you have high-speed internet you can afford, you know how many times you’ve driven your kids to the parking lot of McDonald’s and sat there going off the McDonald’s internet so you could here,” he continued.
Biden assured his audience the bill will be well worth the wait.
Biden ended his speech by stating, “we’re gonna build a better America, not a joke. We’re gonna lead the world again, not a joke. We’re gonna be in a position where once again own the 21st century because when we own it, everybody does better; everybody, not only America, but around the world.”