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A Win for President Biden: Infrastructure Bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted 226-208 to approve a 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill after months of internal debate and division. The bill will now head to the president’s desk for signature.

Passage of the bill gives the president a much-needed political victory in the same week that Republicans made some notable electoral gains in New Jersey and Virginia. Analysts have attributed the poor showing by Democrats on Tuesday to a decline in President Biden’s approval rating and a stalled Democratic agenda.

Why are Democrats more motivated to pass President Biden’s agenda after Tuesday?

INSTRUCTORS: click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

Videos:

News Articles:

‘A monumental step forward’: Biden hails House passage of $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill

USA Today

11/6/21

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/11/05/house-passes-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill/8580227002/

Biden hails infrastructure win as ‘monumental step forward’

Associated Press

11/6/21

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-business-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-congress-263678efec1b19d3fd22aa660ecd4544

Biden gets his infrastructure win and an education on a new Washington

CNN

11/6/21

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/06/politics/president-joe-biden-infrastructure-bill/index.html

Biden hails ‘long overdue’ infrastructure bill after it passes House with GOP votes: ‘Just getting started’

Fox News

11/6/21

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-long-overdue-infrastructure-bill-passes-house-gop-votes-just-getting-started

News Articles (Analyses):

Here’s what’s in the bipartisan infrastructure bill

CNN

11/5/21

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/28/politics/infrastructure-bill-explained/index.html

House passes $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes transport, broadband and utility funding, sends it to Biden

CNBC

11/6/21

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/05/house-passes-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill-sends-it-to-biden.html

U.S. Democrats pass $1 trillion infrastructure bill, ending daylong standoff

Reuters

11/6/21

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/bidens-sweeping-infrastructure-social-spending-bills-finally-get-vote-2021-11-05/

Biden says passage of $1 trillion infrastructure bill a ‘monumental step forward’

ABC News

11/6/21

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pelosi-presses-votes-friday-dems-agenda-biden-calls/story?id=80992121

Assessment:

Writing: Explain why the nation’s infrastructure has been allowed to deteriorate. Why is improving the nation’s infrastructure such a tough sell to the American public?  

Debate: Does a bipartisan bill have more legitimacy than a bill passed on a party line?  

Poll: Does the infrastructure bill go far enough to deal with the nation’s most pressing problems?  

Short Answer: Why are Republicans opposed to the social spending plan in a way they were not with the infrastructure bill?

QUIZ:

The passing and signing of the Infrastructure Bill is currently being considered as a big win for Democrats because?

a. The presidency is often accused of not working since taking office

b. Republican candidates won in New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial race last week

c. Every bill passed and signed is always a win

d. None of the above

Which of the following was left out of both the infrastructure and social spending bill?

a. an increase in the minimum wage

b. immigration reform

c. free community college

d. all of the above

Which government corporation, long touted by the president, will receive 66 billion in the infrastructure bill for improvements?

a. Amtrak

b. Greyhound

c. the Tennessee Valley Authority

d. the U.S. Post Office

The infrastructure bill includes money for paid family leave and childcare. (T/F)

Thirteen Republicans voted for the infrastructure bill in the House of Representatives. (T/F)

Passage of the infrastructure bill was expedited by the collapse of a public building in Washington D.C. (T/F)

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