First victory for the Biden infrastructure plan. He wants to “transform” America by renovating its roads and its aging bridges, and if possible by calming political antagonisms a little: Joe Biden seemed on Tuesday poised to win at least the first part of the bet, after the vote in the Senate d ‘a colossal infrastructure renovation project.
This investment plan totaling $ 1.2 trillion, crucial for the Democratic president, was adopted by 69 votes to 30, with the support of more than a third of Republicans, in the same Capitol that had invaded supporters of Donald Trump in January.
The score in itself is a victory for Joe Biden, facing an ultra-divided Congress.
The American president greeted Tuesday in a speech a “historic” project which will “transform America”, and ensure long-term prosperity.
“We are still able to come together to do great things,” said Biden, who vows to “build back better” the United States, to stand up to China’s economic, technological and diplomatic greed.
The former senator, experienced in parliamentary jousting, underlined the “courage” of the Republican elected officials who voted for the bill.
Former President Donald Trump, still very popular in the conservative camp, has constantly raged against a project he describes as “shame”, threatening with reprisals Republicans who would vote for.
All is not won, however, and the next risk comes from Joe Biden’s own camp.
The text under negotiation will now have to be put to a vote in the House of Representatives, where its future is more uncertain because tensions have emerged within the narrow Democratic majority.
Biden infrastructure plan provides $ 550 billion
The Biden plan on infrastructure provides for $ 550 billion in new federal spending on roads, bridges, transport, but also on high-speed internet and to fight climate change, for example by setting up a network of charging stations charging for electric cars.
If we take into account the reorientation of other existing public funding, it totals $ 1.2 trillion – the equivalent of Spain’s GDP in 2020.
Now that the infrastructure plan has been adopted, the Senate turned on Tuesday to another major component of Joe Biden’s program: investing $ 3.5 trillion, almost the equivalent of the GDP in 2020 of the economic giant that is Germany, in “human infrastructure”.
Understand: an avalanche of social spending in education, health, the labor market and the climate, including energy transition measures supposed to allow the United States to meet Joe Biden’s ambitious climate objectives.
The Democrat wants to bring pollution levels in America’s energy sector to zero by 2035 and have the country’s economy achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
An insane amount, consider the Republicans, who have promised to fiercely oppose it.
To get around their possible blockage in the Senate, the Democrats will use a parliamentary route that promises long weeks of procedure.
Next deadline: September 15 to present the final bill, with a final amount and the means to finance it. Two points that are not yet unanimous among Democrats, centrists having already signaled that they found the bill too expensive.