US House passes $1-trillion infrastructure bill

The US House of Representatives has approved a one-trillion-dollar package of road and other infrastructure projects, ending a months-long standoff in the chamber.

The House passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act proposed by the administration of President Joe Biden by a majority vote on Friday. The legislation will ramp up government spending on infrastructure for the next five years.

The bill passed the Senate in August after it was amended into a bipartisan bill reflecting opinions of the opposition Republican Party.

But it had been stalled in the House due to opposition from progressive left members of the Democratic Party.

But most of the progressive Democrats began to support the bill as approval ratings of President Joe Biden dropped and a Democratic candidate in the gubernatorial election in Virginia suffered a setback.

The infrastructure bill has been sent to the president who will sign it into law.

The Biden administration aims to create jobs by investing in infrastructure projects which include renovating aged roads and bridges -- one of the administration's priority issues.

Biden issues a statement saying, "Tonight, we took a monumental step forward as a nation." He described the legislation as a once-in-generation bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create millions of jobs, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity, and put the US on a path to win the economic competition in the 21st century.

Biden and Democratic leaders sought the passage of both the infrastructure bill and a 1.85-trillion-dollar package which includes spending on assistance for child-rearing families and measures against climate change.

But they postponed a House vote on the second, even larger measure until mid-November due to opposition from moderate Democrats who are calling for fiscal discipline.