AFTER LONG AWAIT, US CONGRESS PASSES $1 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

After months of long talks, the US congress passed a budget of $1 Trillion for financing infrastructure projects in the country. The package to facilitate roads, railways and other projects will be added as a credit to the Democrats as they resolved the stand-off between the two parties. The bill was supported by thirteen Republicans, mostly moderates, whereas the left-wing social democrats, including Representatives of New York and Missouri, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Curi Bush. 

The passing of the budget will ease tensions within the democrats who have received a setback recently with a loss in Virginia and a narrow win in New Jersey. After a negotiation called in by President Joe Biden and House leaders, the members of the party agreed to back the bill. Biden worked well between leaders for convincing, even calling Representative Pramila Jayapal’s mother in India to let her know it was successful. “Generations from now, people will look back and know this is when America won the economic competition for the 21st Century,” said President Joe Biden in an early statement. “Let me tell you, we’re going to trust each other because the Democratic Party is together on this. We are united that it is important for us to get both bills done,” said Pramila Jayapal. 

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