President BidenJoe BidenHouse Passes 1 Trillion Infrastructure Bills, Advances Social Spending Plan Virginia Democrats Concede Loss of State House Liberals, Moderate Strike Deal on Biden’s Agenda, Clearing the Way for MORE votes and other members of the White House on Saturday gave a victory lap following the passage of the bipartisan $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, joking that “infrastructure week” has finally arrived in Washington.
“Finally, infrastructure week!” Biden said he will open his remarks at the White House on Saturday promoting the bill’s passage. “I’m happy to say that: infrastructure week.”
The House of Representatives approved the bill late Friday with a vote of 218-203. Lawmakers sent the legislation to Biden’s desk after a weeks-long clash over the Democrats’ $ 1.75 trillion social spending package, which progressives demanded pass along with the bipartisan bill.
The lower house on Friday night advanced a rule that sets debate parameters for the largest package, but the house is not expected to vote on it until later this month.
“Does this mean it is finally infrastructure week?” ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl tweeted after the House joined the Senate in passing the bipartisan bill.
“You better believe it,” said the White House communications director. Kate bedingfieldKate Bedingfield Tucker Carlson Taunts Buttigieg Over Paternity Leave Pelosi Faces A Final Big Battle Biden Employs A Series Of Meetings To Unite Warring Factions MORE he responded, with other White House officials also promoting “infrastructure week.”
You better believe it. https://t.co/2UO61WTlLF
– Kate Bedingfield (@KBeds) November 6, 2021
The press and experts can dismiss it at times, but President Biden proved them wrong. Infrastructure week is here. pic.twitter.com/ccCY0A0Xo0
– Matt Hill (@ MattHill46) November 6, 2021
“Infrastructure week” has been a fixture in the political lexicon for several years, and the joke dates back to the Trump administration when then-President TrumpDonald TrumpNASCAR seeks to distance itself from Republican rallying cry ‘Come on, Brandon’ Jan. 6 panel weighs contempt after brief statement to former Trump Justice Department official Clark Broken promises: Veterans health care is being replaced by the private sector MORE held a week of events in 2017 with the goal of increasing support for a trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal.
The week was overshadowed in part by the high-profile testimony on Capitol Hill from the former FBI director. James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHuma Abedin on offer for political office: ‘I’m not saying no to anything’ Trump defends defendant Republican Congressman Andrew McCabe’s deal with Justice Department signal to John Durham MORE, whom Trump had fired.
Some on Twitter criticized the former president for essentially creating the joke, with White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates calling it “another reversed inherited failure.”
And to state the obvious, this is a blow to the Trump Administration.
– Andrew Bates (@ AndrewJBates46) November 6, 2021
Others on Twitter also joined in on the joke.
“After 4.5 years … infrastructure week is finally over, quite an achievement,” tweeted MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle.
After 4.5 years … the infrastructure week is finally over, quite an achievement https://t.co/tjrxz5wc2N
– Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) November 6, 2021
“After a long night, I am proud to have voted YES on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, an investment that will change the daily lives of all Pennsylvanians,” said Rep. Susan wildSusan Wild Democrats vie to agree on prescription drug prices Biden’s spending framework leaves out Medicare negotiating drug prices Overnight Health Care – Presented by Altria – Vulnerable House Democrats push plan for drug prices MORE (D-Pa.) He tweeted. “So can I finally say it? It’s infrastructure week.
After a long night, I am proud to have voted YES on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, an investment that will change the daily lives of all Pennsylvanians.
… So can I finally say it?
It’s infrastructure week.
– Representative Susan Wild (@RepSusanWild) November 6, 2021
Happy Infrastructure Week! pic.twitter.com/THz4hOIox6
– Democratic Governors (@DemGovs) November 6, 2021