Earlier this week, President Biden signed a $1.25 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that was expected to help residents of the Inland Empire, including Fontana.

Now Democrats in Congress want to push through a second, even more costly piece of legislation — the Build Back Better Act — despite strong opposition from Republicans and concern over its impact on the federal deficit.

On Nov. 19, the House approved the new $1.75 trillion proposal, sending it to the Senate, where it will be the subject of much scrutiny from moderate Democrats.

The two House members whose districts include parts of Fontana — Pete Aguilar (D-31st District) and Norma Torres (D-35th District) were very pleased with the vote.

“Today, the House delivered on a generational investment in the American people,” Aguilar said in a statement. “This bill gives a much-needed tax cut to middle-class families, lifts children out of poverty, lowers health care costs, expands child care access, protects Dreamers and members of our immigrant communities, and represents the boldest initiative to fight climate change in our country’s history. Inland Empire families and small businesses are still recovering from the pandemic, and this legislation gives them the resources they need to succeed.

“I was proud to help pass this landmark investment in the American people, and I…

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