This week’s news that a bipartisan group of U.S. senators had reached an agreement with President Joe Biden on a proposed infrastructure spending plan is, in a word, encouraging.
It’s no secret that the United States needs significant investment in its infrastructure, from roads and ports to rail and transit, from the power grid to broadband. And these types of physical infrastructure are what the agreement focuses upon.
“What we agreed on today is what we could agree on. The physical infrastructure,” Biden said, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal. “There’s no agreement on the rest.”
And there’s no certainty that the existing bipartisan agreement will make it through Congress, or that the other items that Biden says must also pass in order for him to sign an infrastructure bill will make it through Congress, either. Accomplishing those things will take support from far more legislators than participated in reaching the agreement.
But, for today, the fact that a group of Republican and Democratic senators — including Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski — worked together and worked with the White House to find a potential way forward, is a positive thing in these divided times.
We’ve seen the blistering vitriol heaped upon party members who are seen to be “working across the aisle.” We recognize the courage it takes nowadays to look beyond party in the hope of accomplishing something of value for the broader nation.
So while the fate of this bipartisan agreement is yet to be seen, we appreciate the effort by this group of senators to get it to the starting gate.