We know that this is a huge effort for the Biden administration. This is something that they see as a once-in-a-generation investment in this country, $2.4 trillion, none of it related to the COVID crisis, all just about infrastructure, jobs, different elements of American life.
And let’s look at the photo of who was there. It was Republicans and Democrats both. There you see two senators on the couch, House members, senators on the right, House members on the left. For social distancing, you can’t see all of them in that photo.
But I can tell you, those numbers were generally people involved in transportation in some way or another in Congress. But I noticed something else important about this group, because the president doesn’t just need to sell it to members of Congress. They are critical. He has to sell it to the country.
So, look at a map of where the eight members of Congress who were at this meeting are from. The blue and red represent Democrats and Republicans who were in the meeting. You see, this is a geographic spread, not just Republican and Democrat. The president here is clearly trying to bring together the whole country and point out that one thing all these lawmakers have in common is needs for infrastructure, water, all of this kind of stuff.
So ,it is a very high-stakes kind of negotiation here. And he’s trying to bring in people from all ends of the spectrum.