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Biden visits collapsed bridge in Pittsburgh, touts infrastructure law

By Curt_Anderson
January 28, 2022 3:31 pm
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Far from it being a political liability, as some here hoped, Biden and Democrats understood how the bridge collapse was the perfect political opportunity. Biden was able to tout his infrastructure law and be empathetic.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Arriving just hours after a Pennsylvania bridge collapse, President Joe Biden stared into the cratered muddy earth where the aging span fell early Friday, striking evidence supporting the $1 trillion infrastructure law he already had planned to tout on his trip to Pittsburgh.

Standing before concrete barriers papered with yellow police tape, Biden craned his neck to look out over the gaping expanse left by the crumbled bridge, as the smell of gas from a nearby leak filled the air.

“The idea that we’ve been so far behind on infrastructure for so many years, it’s mind boggling,” Biden said.

As for the rest of the nation’s aging bridges, he pledged, “We’re gonna fix them all.”

While at the bridge, Biden spoke with Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey and first responders, and was joined by Sen. Bob Casey, Rep. Conor Lamb and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman [who by some reports earlier hadn't planned to be with Biden].

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a US Senate candidate, praised Biden in remarks at the fallen bridge and in a tweet.

John Fetterman @JohnFetterman
Pittsburgh is *the* city of bridges.
Now more than ever, we need to get to work. We need to make use of the legislation President @JoeBiden ushered in, rebuild our roads + bridges, and fix our faulty infrastructure.

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  1. by HatetheSwamp on January 28, 2022 4:15 pm

    It's a good thing that enough of us GOPs joined with Dems to pass the bill in spite of the opposition of Blue MAGA progressives.

  2. by Curt_Anderson on January 28, 2022 4:33 pm
    There was minimal help from Republicans. The ones who agreed to vote for it, only did so after it was pared down. These are the Republicans who did NOT for the infrastructure other words most of them.
    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Blackburn (R-TN)
    Boozman (R-AR)
    Braun (R-IN)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Cotton (R-AR)
    Cruz (R-TX)
    Daines (R-MT)
    Ernst (R-IA)
    Hagerty (R-TN)
    Hawley (R-MO)
    Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Johnson (R-WI)
    Kennedy (R-LA)
    Lankford (R-OK)
    Lee (R-UT)
    Lummis (R-WY)
    Marshall (R-KS)
    Moran (R-KS)
    Paul (R-KY)
    Rounds (R-SD)
    Rubio (R-FL)
    Sasse (R-NE)
    Scott (R-FL)
    Scott (R-SC)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Toomey (R-PA)
    Tuberville (R-AL)
    Young (R-IN)

  3. by HatetheSwamp on January 28, 2022 4:39 pm

    It's hard to remember, with the Flatulent Fool as President, but this is how bipartisan government works.

    The Bill would not be law without GOPs.

  4. by Curt_Anderson on January 28, 2022 5:07 pm
    Funny how you, like most Republicans including members of Congress who opposed it, now suddenly want credit for the infrastructure law.

  5. by HatetheSwamp on January 28, 2022 5:19 pm

    Check back. I praised the bipartisan bill from the beginning.

    And, it's true. Without GOPs, this bill would not be law.

  6. by Curt_Anderson on January 28, 2022 6:43 pm
    No, they didn't need the Republican votes.

    Infrastructure Bill Passes Another Procedural Hurdle, But Challenges Loom Ahead
    [The] process lowers the vote threshold from 60 to 51 votes, meaning Democrats in the split 50-50 Senate won't need support from Republicans, though it requires zero defections among their own party.

  7. by HatetheSwamp on January 29, 2022 4:28 am


    In the House, the vote was 228-206 with 13 GOPs voting to pass. If they'd voted against, the Bill would have been defeated 219-215. The Squad voted against.

    Without the GOPs, there'd be no Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.

  8. by Curt_Anderson on January 29, 2022 10:26 am
    You are correct. I had the Senate in mind, not the House. I have previously said the Squad is as much an impediment to progress as Republicans.

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