How politics is shaping Biden’s infrastructure proposal

Source: Juliet Eilperin, Michael Laris & Jeff Stein, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

When it comes to the beneficiaries of President Biden’s infrastructure proposal, the Weatherization Assistance Program ranks among the big winners. The White House touted it as part of its $213 billion effort to build, preserve and retrofit homes, predicting it will “put union building trade workers to work upgrading homes and businesses to save families money.”

There’s just one problem: Independent analyses suggest that the program—which got its last big boost under the 2009 stimulus bill—isn’t a cost-efficient climate strategy. But the weatherization plan is one of several embedded in Biden’s infrastructure proposal that reflect how political pragmatism has shaped the new administration’s governing style. Rather than seek the perfect policy answer—an approach touted by the Obama administration—they are focused on solutions that can muster a broad base of support.

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