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CityLab Daily: Inside the Newly Passed U.S. Infrastructure Bill

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President Joe Biden gives a speech on his bipartisan infrastructure deal and Build Back Better agenda in Kearny, New Jersey, on October 25, 2021.

President Joe Biden gives a speech on his bipartisan infrastructure deal and Build Back Better agenda in Kearny, New Jersey, on October 25, 2021.

Photographer: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images North America

The U.S. Congress passed the biggest infrastructure package in decades on Friday, finally setting in motion a significant part of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. It’s now headed to the president’s desk for signature. The $1.2 trillion public works package includes $550 billion to improve roads, bridges, public transit and other projects:

"Finally, infrastructure week!" Biden remarked at the White House on Saturday, alluding to the many hyped-up Infrastructure Weeks that Donald Trump had promised but under-delivered on during his presidency. The bipartisan bill passed with a 228-206 vote — including yes votes from 13 Republicans and no votes from 6 progressive Democrats — following months of negotiation and stalled progress over its size and reach. Despite a historic win for Biden, the final legislation is a pared down version of the president’s initial proposal, which included  “human infrastructure” investments that aimed to make cities more livable and equitable.