Biden hopes infrastructure can bridge partisan divide

Biden met with lawmakers from both parties at the White House to discuss infrastructure on Thursday, even as the Senate is holding impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump where partisan divisions are on full display. “I’ve been around long enough,” Biden said, “that infrastructure wasn’t a Republican or a Democratic issue.” “The American people desperately want us to bring our roads, trains and bridges out of the last century and into the future,” Carper said after Thursday’s meeting. During the presidential campaign, Biden committed to deploying $2 trillion on infrastructure and clean energy investments over four years. The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University released an analysis Wednesday about the infrastructure needs of 134 cities. Its survey found cities prioritizing transportation and water and climate projects, but also projects to address the fallout from the pandemic such as broadband access, emergency response and health facilities, and public transit for essential workers.

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