On Friday, November 5, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan $1.2 Trillion infrastructure bill, sending one of the largest infrastructure overhauls in US history to President Biden’s desk. Despite initial partisan gridlock, this bipartisan effort to pass this bill signifies some hope for the American people. Even with increased polarization and partisan in-fighting, when it really matters, our government does work together to pass critical legislation.
This infrastructure bill is the definition of critical. Major progress on green energy initiatives, such as a national network of electric vehicle stations, are beginning to make good on Biden’s promises made during COP26 in Scotland. Railroads and other forms of public transportation are also getting an overhaul, reducing emissions from commercial and personal vehicles. These efforts are key to solving the climate crisis, which is only possible with the cooperation of both parties.
Not only is the bill essential for taking steps towards combatting climate change, but infrastructure spending benefits all Americans. The bill expands broadband access in rural areas, while helping urban areas expand their public transportation. The policies offer emergency building in response to wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters that plague Americans regardless of party affiliation. Across the United States, Americans are receiving benefits from this bipartisan bill, showing how important cooperation is in our government.
There is hope that this bipartisanship in Congress trickles out to our society. If our government continues to lead by example and do what is best for the American people and not just their party, our society will begin to heal. This is not only a bill for infrastructure, it is a signal to the US people that democracy works and bringing people together continues to heal American society.