In May, I wrote about how the Biden-Harris administration was citing “tremendous progress” with rebuilding America’s infrastructure in the 18 months since President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Now, just six months later, the White House has come out swinging, announcing “historic progress” ahead of the two-year anniversary of that law.
Already, nearly $400 billion in funding and over 40,000 projects across 4,500 communities in the United States have been announced. Not only are these numbers impressive, but the growth from $220 billion in funding for over 32,000 projects from just six months ago is staggering. Last time, the White House talked about the start of Infrastructure Week, noting how it “became a punchline” under Donald Trump. The White House now adds that House Republicans are “trying to slash funding that would make our transportation safer, more reliable, and more convenient,” according to a new fact sheet released on Thursday.
In contrast to Republicans either being asleep at the wheel or impeding progress, the White House six months ago described Biden’s efforts as investing in America to deliver an “Infrastructure Decade.” Now, the White House is claiming Biden is making it happen, growing the economy “from the middle up and bottom out—not the top-down.” Not only that, but the hugely successful Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is just one part of Biden’s Investing in America agenda, which has helped bring a total of $614 billion dollars—and counting—in private sector manufacturing and clean energy investments in the United States.
Although the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law went into effect two years ago, the extraordinary progress it has engendered continues growing every day. As we inch closer to the 2024 election, this signature achievement of the Biden-Harris administration is on track to becoming even more successful. It is truly historic progress that spans a range of key sectors, from roads and bridges to clean water and high-speed internet, while remaining committed to “leaving no community behind.” Democrats should look forward to seeing infrastructure prove to be a major asset for the Biden-Harris ticket next year.