The House on Friday passed, 228-206, a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, handing President Biden a major victory after months of party infighting and negotiations.
Why it matters: The core piece of Biden’s signature domestic agenda includes massive investments in roads, bridges and waterways, among other “hard infrastructure” provisions.
Huddling with his policy and legislative teams, he made calls from the residence to House leadership, progressives and moderates to find a solution, per a White House official.
The backdrop: The House early Saturday morning approved a procedural vote necessary to open the Build Back Better Act to passage as part of an agreement to get all Democrats on board with the infrastructure bill.
On Friday morning, leadership had planned to vote on the social spending bill first, but after hours of negotiations with moderate holdouts failed to make headway, Pelosi opted instead to hold a vote on the bipartisan bill.
The House will take up a vote on the social spending bill after it is scored by the CBO sometime following next week's recess.
What’s in it: The infrastructure bill will cost $1.2 trillion over eight years, and offers more than $550 billion in new spending, including:. »