President Joe Biden’s approval rating reached its lowest mark yet, but could soon rebound after scoring two significant victories with the soon-to-be-signed $1 trillion infrastructure package and a half million jobs added in October.
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President Joe Biden will soon be signing a $1 trillion infrastructure package that has passed with bipartisan support. The bill, titled the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF), passed the Senate in August, CNN reports.
After the president signs off, the bill promises to launch a historic federal effort to repair the nation’s aging bridges, airports, railroads, and potholed roads. Additional funds will be allocated toward increasing the availability of rural broadband Internet and the necessary infrastructure, such as charging stations nationwide, to speed up the evolution of electric vehicles.
During the House floor vote, with Democrats concerned they could lose no more than three members of their party, they ended up losing six. However, the bill passed thanks to Republican support from thirteen representatives, MSNBC reported.
CNN reported that President Joe Biden is touting the 531,000 jobs added in October as evidence his economic policies are working.
The unemployment rate dropped to 4.6%, which is the lowest level since the economic recovery began to gain steam in May 2020, according to the most recent numbers from the Department of Labor.
“America is getting back to work,” Biden said. “Our economy is starting to work for more Americans.”
“This did not happen by accident or ‘just because,'” the president added later. “We laid the foundation for this recovery with my American Rescue Plan that Congress passed at the beginning of my term.”
The most recent USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll shows the approval rating of both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris falling to a new low. Biden’s job approval rating reached its lowest ever at 37.8%, while Harris also saw disapproval from the majority at 51.2%.
Further, 64% of respondents did not want Biden to run for a second term in 2024, including 28% of Democrats.
58% of respondents opposed former president Donald Trump running for a second term in terms of competition.
However, many expect Biden’s numbers to climb. The poll was taken November 3-5, before both the passage of the infrastructure bill and the report of a half-million new jobs added in October were published.