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WASHINGTON — The big infrastructure bill is in the books.

“I know you’re tired of the bickering in Washington,” said President Joe Biden at the bill signing. “Frustrated by the negativity and you just want us to focus on your wants and your needs, your concerns.”

President Biden signed the $1.2 trillion measure during a bipartisan event on the South Lawn of the White House.  It marks a huge legislative accomplishment during Biden’s first year in office.  Biden called it a big deal and added, “America is moving again.”  Biden said the infrastructure bill is proof that Democrats and Republicans can come together and deliver results.

The measure covers an array of infrastructure needs, from highways and bridges to ports and water systems.  Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema said the bill will fund major upgrades while creating good new jobs.  Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman praised the “truly bipartisan” work that led to an approved bill.  Sinema and Portman were key members of the Senate negotiating team.  Vice President Harris called it a historic day.  She also acknowledged a bipartisan showing of mayors and governors in the White House ceremony.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill a great accomplishment “for the people.”  Infrastructure has been an elusive target for a string of prior presidents.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer praised President Biden and said, “An infrastructure bill is finally here!”  He argued that America’s vast infrastructure has been “stuck in the last century.”