Washington, D.C. — John Podesta, founder and chair of the Board of Directors at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement today on President Joe Biden’s bipartisan agreement on rebuilding the nation’s roads and bridges:
President Biden has made good on his campaign pledge to find common ground with Republicans and appears to have made significant progress to create millions of jobs rebuilding our roads, bridges, public transit, and water systems, with a focus on improving their resilience—a goal that President Donald Trump campaigned on constantly only to abandon in office. This represents yet another significant part of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda with bipartisan support, on the heels of the competitiveness and manufacturing bill.
President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have publicly agreed that a full reconciliation bill must move in tandem with this bipartisan infrastructure agreement. The legislation will be imperative to truly address the great challenges that have kept American economic growth from benefiting everybody for decades, including child care, home care, income and tax inequality, and climate change, which is frying our planet. If these bills pass in tandem, it would be the biggest legislative breakthrough in generations in Washington—and the fate of our families and our world depends on moving these two packages together. Failure would be inexcusable.
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