Stalling Biden's Infrastructure Plan: House GOP's Pyrrhic Victory?

Stalling Biden's Infrastructure Plan: House GOP's Pyrrhic Victory?
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
At the beginning of the last week, House Democrats had concrete plans only to pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure framework (BIF), a narrowly crafted bill living up to its nickname — it mainly funds bridges, roads and airports, as well as greater broadband Internet access in rural areas.
Most political observers believed Democratic leaders had decided to take the bird in the hand and rack up an accomplishment rather than force a vote on a much more sweeping and controversial $3.5 trillion spending measure, known as the human infrastructure bill, or simply Build Back Better after Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign slogan. The BBB was still facing a two-senator blockade in the Senate and was always the more aspirational legislation – the biggest expansion of social spending since the Great Society, providing funds for everything from universal pre-K to community college, as well as new outlays for Medicare and the Democrats’ climate-change agenda.
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