(Washington) The American Congress on Friday evening unanimously approved a comprehensive plan for the investment in infrastructure that Joe Biden wanted, a victory for the Democratic president who failed to persuade parliamentarians to vote for his ambitious social component as well as environmental impact. Reform projects.
It took the Democrats 218 votes to approve this $ 1.2 trillion plan to modernize roads, bridges, and high-speed Internet, and is considered one of the most ambitious in modern American history. With the help of some Republican votes they won from 228 to 206 and were greeted with applause as the law was passed.
It only needs to be signed by the President for it to come into force.
Joe Biden, who urgently needs to resume his presidency, is expected to present two major texts in the House of Representatives on Friday morning: The investment plan and the $ 1,750 billion fight against global warming to fix the system and the social security system. In total, it costs nearly $ 3 trillion a decade.
Democratic leaders had to give up the vote of approval for the second text, a centrist section of the party demanding clarity on the cost. The moderate and progressive margins of the party finally agreed on a policy vote to begin the parliamentary process.
Save the furniture
By adopting the infrastructure program only on Friday night, Democrats are saving furniture despite serious differences within their party.
Joe Biden, whose popularity plummeted a year before the midterm parliamentary elections, has pledged his broader social agenda to be voted on by the House for his part, before the Senate in the week of November 15th. Hold it.
The latter, in particular, provides kindergarten for all, a drastic improvement in health coverage and significant investments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions – a true redefinition of the welfare state in the United States.
But this is a very difficult topic of discussion between the left and the moderate camp in the Democratic Party.
Throughout the day, Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi tried to streamline her forces and support the president’s plans.
“The program we are putting forward is innovative, historic and has become a challenge,” she said in a letter to Democrats, describing the internal strife between the party’s elected officials.
The Progressive Party of the Democratic Party has repeatedly warned against supporting the text on infrastructure without guaranteeing the approval of the social and climate component of Joe Biden.
Some elected Democrats voted “no” to approve the plan, along with Republicans.
In the hands of Senator Manchin
Biden visits to the Capitol, breakfast with elected officials … The White House has made no attempt to gain support in recent weeks.
Because the US executive repeats it over and over again: Presidential spending programs are very popular among Americans. However, during the midterm parliamentary elections, the Democrats exercised their slim majority in Congress within a year, which was always dangerous for the president.
Joe Biden, however, praised his debating skills during the presidential election campaign as he had a long career as a senator, making mistakes on these internal controversies.
And the President is not at the end of his sentences.
If the green light is received from elected officials in the Chamber after mid-November, its main social component must still be approved in the Senate, where it risks being significantly modified.
Its fate is particularly in the hands of an elected official from West Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin, who said he feared the plan would further widen public debt and raise inflation.
However, from Friday evening, he welcomed the adoption of the text on “three decades” of unprecedented investment infrastructure.
In view of the very thin Democratic majority in the Senate, he has virtually no veto over presidential projects.