US President Joe Biden signed a historic infrastructure bill into law on Monday, after months of negotiations. The package is worth more than 1 trillion dollars.
Biden committed to repairing infrastructure last year during his run for the presidency. But he had to wrestle for months with his fellow Democrats to push the deal through.
The legislation puts 550 billion dollars in new funds into building and repairing bridges, roads, railways and ports. The package will also upgrade utilities and high-speed internet.
The president wants to tackle climate change and build infrastructure resilient enough to withstand natural disasters. His plan invests in new power lines and clean energy.
Biden said the package would create millions of jobs, ease bottlenecks in the supply chain, and strengthen US competitiveness. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will add more than 250 billion dollars to the deficit over the next 10 years.
But the president faces more struggles ahead. Democrats have postponed a vote on a social welfare bill that allocates 1.75 trillion dollars to healthcare and education. They said they wanted a clearer picture of where those funds will come from.