“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the largest federal investment in U.S. history,” said U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia.
Also hammering home those numbers was U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams, D-Atlanta, who touted money to help bring broadband to underserved areas in the state.
“This isn’t just rural Georgians,” Williams told a virtual roundtable, “we have pockets of metro Atlanta that cannot get reliable high-speed internet.”
Those arguments from Georgia lawmakers provide you with just a small taste of what Democrats in Congress are doing all around the nation — trying to remind voters what’s already been approved, and what might still happen with the ‘Build Back Better’ plan from President Biden.
“Above all, it puts us on the path to build our economy back better than before,” the President said.
At this point, Georgia Republicans can only sit on the sidelines and take verbal potshots at Democrats, hoping that the plan goes off the rails in the coming weeks.
“Here’s a word the Republican Party needs to get comfortable using,” said U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome. “Communism.”
But the howls and shrieks of GOP lawmakers about inflation, spending, and Pinko Commies have not stopped Democrats from successfully navigating their own internal political hurdles, getting the nearly $2 trillion social policy package over to the U.S. Senate.
“I look forward to the Senate passage of this landmark legislation as soon as possible,” said U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta.
If Democrats can figure out the mercurial ways of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., they could be celebrating their biggest legislative win yet — a Biden Trifecta that could arrive under the Congressional Christmas Tree.
“Even Santa needs good infrastructure,” said Williams.
Jamie Dupree has covered national politics and the Congress from Washington, D.C. since the Reagan administration. His column appears weekly in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For more, check out his Capitol Hill newsletter at http://jamiedupree.substack.com