Biden to propose infrastructure deal on ‘broken down’ NH bridge

WASHINGTON (AP) – The last time Joe Biden was in New Hampshire, he was not present for his sad party.

Overturned in the 2020 Democratic state presidential primary, Biden took a flight to the next South Carolina even before the polls were closed on his fifth place finish. On Tuesday, he returns to New Hampshire as president, eager to talk about his new $ 1 trillion infrastructure deal and what all that money can do for Americans.

Biden is down in the polls and hopes to use the successful deal to turn the political winds in his direction with new momentum for his broader $ 1.85 trillion social spending program ahead of Congress.

The president enacted the infrastructure bill on Monday in a booming bipartisan ceremony for hundreds on the South Lawn of the White House, where lawmakers and union workers cheered and cheered.

“America is on the move again and your life is going to change for the better,” Biden promised the Americans.

The president and members of his cabinet are also traveling – spreading across the country to present the package. Biden himself stopped in Woodstock, New Hampshire on Tuesday and in Detroit on Wednesday to promote the new law as a source of jobs and repairs for aging roads, bridges, pipelines and ports, while helping to alleviate inflation and supply chain problems.

“As he travels around the country, he’s going to really deepen the impact of these issues on people’s daily lives, what they’re talking about at their kitchen tables,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

The president, whose polls continued to fall even after the bill was passed, pleads for the patience of Americans exhausted by the pandemic and frightened by rising inflation.

Biden beat Donald Trump by 7 percentage points in New Hampshire in the 2020 election, but his popularity has waned in the state. In a University of New Hampshire Survey Center Granite State poll last month, its overall favorable rating was 34%, with 53% having an unfavorable opinion.

On Tuesday, the president will visit a bridge that carries National Highway 175 over the Pemigewasset River. Built in 1939, the bridge has been on the state’s “red list” since 2014 due to its poor condition. Another bridge over the river was added in 2018.

“The president is going there because there is a broken bridge that needs to be fixed,” Psaki said.

The infrastructure bill contains $ 110 billion to repair aging highways, bridges and roads. According to the White House, 173,000 total miles or nearly 280,000 kilometers of US freeways and major roads and 45,000 bridges are in poor condition. The law provides nearly $ 40 billion for bridges, the largest investment dedicated to bridges since the construction of the national highway system, according to the Biden administration.

Most of the details of how the money is spent will depend on state governments. Biden has appointed former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu as the White House-state liaison to help keep things running smoothly and prevent waste and fraud.

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Rowing reported from Concord, NH

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