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ROUNDUP: US House of Representatives approves Biden’s major social and climate package

Friday, 11/19/2021 4:44 PM by

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(Biden’s reaction added)

WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – After an extremely long hanging game, the US House of Representatives has decided on another core domestic political project by President Joe Biden. The Congress Chamber passed a trillion dollar package with investments in social and climate protection on Friday with a narrow majority of the Democrats. The approval of the second Chamber of Congress, the US Senate, is still pending. It is questionable whether the more than 2000-page legislative package will get through there in the same way. There should still be changes.

The vote in the House of Representatives is still an essential step for Biden. The president had negotiated personally with party colleagues for months in order to overcome resistance in his own ranks to his investment plans, to reconcile different positions of the party wings and to organize a majority in Congress. At least he succeeded in doing that in the House of Representatives.

Biden said the successful vote was “another giant step forward” in implementing his plan to strengthen and modernize the US economy. The project creates jobs, makes the US more competitive and helps the middle class. Biden said he was hoping for a quick Senate pass.

Just two weeks ago, Congress passed another core project by the President: a major investment program to modernize the country’s infrastructure. Around 550 billion US dollars (476 billion euros) of new investments in infrastructure are planned over the next few years. In total – including previously budgeted funds – the package is worth more than one trillion US dollars.

A violent dispute among Biden’s democrats over the second social and climate package had held up the infrastructure plans for a long time. The heavy wing battles between the left and the moderates in the party have dominated the public discussion of the major projects in recent months. Biden’s government is now trying harder to convince the citizens of how they will benefit from the plans – also in the face of falling polls for the president. Both packages are central projects Bidens./jac/DP/ngu

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