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Infrastructure Bill Passes + Build Back Better Act Gets Blocked | Policy Matters (December 2021)

December 22, 2021

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  • Infrastructure Bill Passes + Build Back Better Act Gets Blocked
    President Biden signed the Infrastructure Bill into law in the middle of November, with bipartisan support. The bill contained significant investments in broadband infrastructure and affordability, and ways in which institutions of higher education may receive grants for research or execution of climate change and infrastructure projects, among many other items. At the time of the bills passage, there were also Democratic intraparty promises that the social spending Build Back Better Act would be immediately voted on following the vote on the infrastructure package. That seems all the more unlikely as Democrats were blindsided when Senator Manchin (D-WV) publicly stated he would be voting no on the Build Back Better Act, almost certainly ending the possibility it would pass in short order, and casting into doubt whether Democratic leadership would even bring the bill up for voting at all.

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