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Biden meets with mayors and governors on infrastructure package

By: - July 15, 2021 7:00 am

President Joe Biden (photo courtesy of the White House)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met with a group of governors and mayors on Wednesday as he seeks to build support for a massive federal infrastructure package awaiting action from Congress.

The local officials joining Biden in the Oval Office included Mayors Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio; Kate Gallego of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michael Hancock, of Denver, Colo.

Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of 369 mayors sent a letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to swiftly vote on the infrastructure funding agreement reached last month.

The mayors touted that $1.2 trillion proposal as a long-term investment that would “help make our economy more sustainable, resilient, and just.”

Biden has called for a “dual-track” approach to infrastructure.

He’s urging votes on not only the framework for infusion of more money into road, bridge, transit and other traditional infrastructure projects but also a second measure that would include new money for “human infrastructure” programs like expanding access to child care and education.

Passing both proposals through Congress will be tricky. Democrats have only slim majorities in each chamber, leaving little room for losing any support within their own caucuses.

“We have a chance to solve these problems, a bipartisan chance to solve these problems. Create millions of jobs—literally,” Biden told the mayors and governors as Wednesday’s meeting began, according to a pool report.

“Time to stop talking about it and time to get you the resources,” Biden added.

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes The Missouri Independent. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.