Politics National security adviser calls bipartisan infrastructure bill 'urgent national security imperative'
A New York man was arrested after allegedly issuing a death threat to GOP Rep. Andrew Garbarino over his vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill
"It's amazing people want to kill me over paving roads and clean water," the Republican congressman from Long Island told BuzzFeed News.Kenneth Gasper on Wednesday was taken into custody after sending his telephoned message to GOP Rep. Andrew Garbarino, according to a statement from the Nassau County Police Department.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan reminded senior White House staff on Thursday of the stakes of passing the burgeoning, framing its passage as an "urgent national security imperative for the United States."
The Senate is expected to vote Friday morning on the motion to proceed to the bill.
Infrastructure bill saga shows Pelosi's tenuous grip on House Democrats
It took House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nearly three months of wrangling the progressive and centrist factions in her caucus, last-minute delaying of votes, two Capitol Hill visits from President Joe Biden, a decoupling of the two halves of Democrats’ "Build Back Better" legislative agenda, and a bill-saving bump from 13 Republicans to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill in a late-night vote. © Provided by Washington Examiner The saga demonstrates what a tenuous hold the speaker has over the House Democratic Caucus as she navigates its razor-thin majority, having only three votes to spare before Republican votes are needed to pass legisla
In a memo obtained by CNN, Sullivan argued that infrastructure and technology investments will be key to ensuring the US remains competitive on the world stage, especially in the face of a rising China. And he reaffirmed President Joe Biden's belief that the US must demonstrate that democracies can deliver for their people -- and that a bipartisan infrastructure deal can send that message.
"Passing this historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal into law is an urgent national security imperative for the United States," Sullivan wrote in the memo to senior staff. "America can only compete and win globally if we prioritize rebuilding modern, resilient infrastructure and creating good jobs. Investment in American infrastructure -- when coupled with other investments in innovation and technology - will determine our long-term competitiveness with China and the rest of the world. They are critical to building our position of strength."
How Biden should sell his infrastructure bill
A majority of Americans do not know much about the legislation other than the price tag. In planning a series of visits to project sites around the country, the administration clearly recognizes that to get the credit he (and the Democrats) deserve, especially among working class and middle-class voters, Biden must become the nation's seller-in-chief. Since his talk at the kick-off event in Baltimore on Wednesday, in my judgment, was digressive and defensive, I propose here a more focused - and partisan - approach.
Sullivan's memo came one day afteron the bipartisan infrastructure deal, the legislative text of which is in preparation for a final vote.
Even as the bill cleared that key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday, there were signs of the fragility of the endeavor as some progressives in the House grumbled about the compromise measure and a key moderate Senate Democrat said she was not yet ready to support the $3.5 trillion budget resolution that Democrats are seeking to pass on a parallel, partisan track.
Sullivan's memo appeared designed to cut through the noise of that intra-party bickering with a reminder of the national security stakes and the potential benefits of a $1 trillion investment.
"A failure to invest in America threatens our national security," Sullivan wrote, before listing ways in which the US falls short of China and other counties on key infrastructure measures.
Mitch McConnell says he's 'proud' of voting for Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill despite Trump's attacks
Trump hit out at McConnell for backing Biden's infrastructure bill. McConnell earlier said the bill was "a godsend for Kentucky."Speaking to The Washington Post on November 16, McConnell reiterated his support for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, saying he was "proud" of his vote.
"The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal invests in physical infrastructure crucial to combat the climate crisis, creates good-paying jobs, and positions American workers, farmers, and businesses to compete in -- and win -- the race for the 21st century and beyond," Sullivan wrote.
Sullivan also stressed Biden's repeated warnings that the world is at an "inflection point" between picking democracy or autocracy as the best path forward, arguing that passing the bipartisan bill would demonstrate the power of democracies.
"The world is watching closely to see if we can come together to deliver results for American workers, families, and businesses, and make long overdue investments in our infrastructure and competitiveness," Sullivan wrote. "Our competitors believe we will not, and as a result, are a nation in decline; it is our charge to prove them wrong."
This story has been updated with further developments.
Infrastructure bill advances to Senate debate, clearing major hurdle after weeks of negotiations .
Senators voted 67-32 to advance the bill hours after President Biden announced a deal with senators.By a vote of 67-32, senators voted to advance the bipartisan bill – the largest transportation bill in U.S. history – clearing the way for one of President Joe Biden's key priorities.