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U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and the ongoing fight over infrastructure bills

Head-on photo of Emanuel Cleaver II, a Black man wearing glasses, a white shirt, and a burgundy patterned tie, seated in the KCUR studio in front of a microphone.
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver addressed the fight to pass infrastructure legislation in Washington D.C.

Cleaver and his fellow Democrats' continued internal debate is stalling President Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and his Build Back Better legislation.

There are many moving parts when it comes to passing President Biden's infrastructure bills.

Progressives want the bills to be larger. Conservatives will not stand for it. The endless debate has caused lawmakers to miss deadlines, which Rep. Cleaver says has set frustrations "on fire."

Biden's infrastructure package, which the Senate already passed this summer, focuses on improving roads and bridges. The Build Back Better legislation's primary focus remains on building back up the middle class. Free preschool for kids age 3 and 4, reducing prescription drug costs and creating jobs to build clean technology, like solar panels and electric cars, are among the proposed solutions.

Cleaver also touched on Biden's poll numbers. The president sat at a 51% disapproval rating as of last Thursday. While the congressman has concerns about those numbers, he remains hopeful that those will change.

When it came to former Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore, who passed away this week after a long battle with Alzheimer's, Rep, Cleaver had this to say about his House colleague, "He's the kind of person that I think most people want in Washington . . . he's a fabulous, fabulous human being."

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