When President Joe Biden emerged from the White House Thursday to announce that a deal had been struck on a national infrastructure plan, he was tailed by an unfamiliar sight: a group of smiling senators, half of them Democrats and the other half Republicans.
The compromise on a plan to update the country’s deteriorating transportation and public works systems — made among the president, 11 Republican senators and 10 Democratic senators — was lauded as a long-awaited return to bipartisanship.
“This reminds me of the days when we used to get an awful lot done up in the United States Congress,” Biden said Thursday.
‘We have a deal’: Biden makes infrastructure compromise with senators
Biden and other Democrats will seek separate legislation in hopes to pass family and climate changes that Republicans are opposing.
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The president has aimed to make unity and compromise central to his time in office. But not everyone in Washington is sold on the effort.
Here’s a look at Biden’s relationship with bipartisanship and why it matters.
It’s hard to pin down a one-size-fits-all definition for the term “bipartisanship.” In some contexts, like that of the infrastructure plan, a deal is bartered among several members of opposing parties, leading to vast compromise on both sides. In others, it might just mean one or two votes from across the aisle.