President Joe Biden jokingly bemoaned Monday that Republicans and the private sector aren't helping his administration's efforts to end the current inflationary run.
Biden's comments came during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden celebrating a new outreach effort to enroll eligible households in the affordable internet program launched by the bipartisan infrastructure law.
BIDEN LAUNCHING NEW OUTREACH EFFORT TO ENROLL HOMES IN LOW-COST INTERNET PROGRAM
More than 1,300 internet service providers across the country have partnered with the Affordable Connectivity Program to provide participants with a $30-per-month discount for 100 Mbps internet plans. Furthermore, more than 20 of the nation's largest ISPs are offering plans at or below $30 per month, including AT&T, Comcast, Cox Communications, Spectrum, and Verizon.
"In the past, 30 bucks a month meant you had to settle for a slow internet service unless you wanted to pay a heck of a lot more to go out of pocket," Biden proclaimed during his remarks. "But over the last few months, my administration has worked closely with the internet providers."
"This is a case where big business stepped up, urging them to cut their prices and raise their speeds," he continued, before offering a tongue-in-cheek barb. "I'm trying to get others to do the same thing on inflation, but these guys are the best."
Biden did credit Republicans later in his remarks for helping to pass the infrastructure law, launching the ACP in the process.
"The bottom line is this. My top priority is fighting inflation and lowering prices for families and things they need," the president concluded. "Today's announcement is going to give millions of families a little more breathing room to help them pay their bills. You know we worked with Democrats and Republicans and business and nonprofits to make this happen, and we're going to keep working to fight inflation."
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You can watch the entire event below.