Tuesday, the Senate voted 69-30 to approve a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, a piece of legislation that could affect American lives for decades.
Contentiously, the majority of the bill's massive budget will go to pandemic relief. The rest of the money is slated to provide improvements to roads, bridges and transportation programs; a clean-energy update to the electric grid; and broadband to improve accessibility for rural and low-income citizens. Amtrak will also receive long-awaited repairs and operate with an updated mission that puts utilitarianism over profit.
President Biden has called for the two major parties to work together to deliver one of his top priorities, but it faces an uncertain fate in the House of Representatives.
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation (2017-2021); U.S. Secretary of Labor (2001-2009); Former President and CEO of United Way of America; Director of Numerous Fortune 100 Corporate Boards
Former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has an expert perspective on transportation programs and innovations. During COVID-19, her leadership allowed U.S. transportation systems to remain open, safe, and moving. Her engaging and informative speeches leave audiences wanting more. Elaine Chao's Speaker Page >>
Political Vanguard, 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-1999)
WWSG exclusive speaker Newt Gingrich has spoken to the media about his opinion of the unprecedented infrastructure bill. His expertise as a former House Speaker enriches his viewpoint regarding government spending. Newt Gingrich's Speaker Page >>
Healthcare Policy Expert, Former Assistant to the President, Director of the Domestic Policy Council (2019-2020)
Joe Grogan's experience working in the Office of Management and Budget gives him an insider's knowledge about government spending. Joe connects with audiences through his ability to explain complex ideas in an inviting and personable way. Joe Grogan's Speaker Page >>
U.S. Secretary of Transportation (2009-2013); U.S. Congressman (1995-2009)
As a former Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood has an intricate knowledge of transportation programs and improvements. LaHood is a token thought leader on major national policy issues such as transportation, infrastructure, and bipartisan leadership. Ray LaHood's Speaker Page >>
Co-Founder of Exegis Capital, United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland (2020-2021), White House Chief of Staff (2019-2020), Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2017-2020)
With experiences like Director of the Office of Management and Budget, acting White House Chief of Staff, and acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau–Mick Mulvaney knows about government spending. Mick Mulvaney's Speaker Page >>
Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence (2019-2020), Director of Legislative Affairs to the President (2017-2018)
Prior to serving in the most recent administration, Marc Short was president of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the largest free-market business league in the U.S. with an annual budget exceeding $300 million. A former legislative affairs director, Marc Short is an expert in legislative language and understanding. Marc Short's Speaker Page >>