President Joe Biden traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, for the latest stop on his infrastructure publicity tour, where he outlined the impact his dual spending bills would have on the people of Missouri.

Biden, speaking to union members at the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, claimed to be tired of hearing politicians roll out the phrase "infrastructure week."

"Guess what? It's going to be infrastructure decade, man," the president joked. "Look, folks. We've got the largest investment in public transit ever in this legislation, like replacing buses that are past their useful life, switching from diesel to electric, getting more people where they're trying to go more safely, faster, cleaner, like what you're doing here with your zero-emission buses."


Biden touted the public works investments his infrastructure law would bring to Missouri and neighboring Kansas, including extensions of high-speed railways and replacing lead water pipes, both of which will create "tens of thousands" of new union jobs. He also touched on a number of benefits he cited on past infrastructure stops, such as massive broadband expansion and sweeping, climate-focused provisions.

Biden proceeded to link the physical infrastructure law to his Build Back Better social spending plan, which has yet to pass the Senate, and closed by comparing the investments to the decisions to launch construction of the transcontinental railroad under President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and the Interstate Highway System under President Dwight Eisenhower during the Cold War.

"One of the reasons I feel so firmly about these proposals is because I know what this country can be. We've always been a nation of possibilities. We didn't become this nation by thinking small," he stated. "We've emerged from every crisis by investing in ourselves and our people."

"I believe that 50 years from now, when historians look back on this moment, they're gonna say this is the moment that America won the competition of the 21st century," Biden added in closing. "We're not going to lose anymore. I promise you."

The president also devoted a section of his speech to eulogizing the late Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who passed away just days prior.

"A lot of Americans may remember Bob Dole as a presidential candidate, but for families, he represented across the border. He represented Kansas for 36 years, and for those like me, who had the honor of calling him a friend, Bob Dole was an American giant, a man of extraordinary courage, both physical and moral courage. A war hero, who sacrificed beyond measure, who nearly gave his life for our country in World War II," he stated. "We didn't agree on everything, but I always admired and respected him and his willingness to work with anyone, any party, when it mattered most."

You can watch Biden's remarks in their entirety below.

Since signing the infrastructure bill into law, Biden has taken nearly a trip a week to hammer home the benefits to varied communities across the country. Democratic officials hope these quasi-campaign visits will help rally support for the budget reconciliation agenda and boost the party's chances of maintaining its congressional majorities in the 2022 midterm elections.

"President Obama made a major mistake in 2010 by not vocally taking credit for stopping the Great Recession bailout, and we paid the price in the midterms," one senior Democratic official previously told the Washington Examiner on the topic. "We can't afford for that to happen again, especially with important issues like voting rights, police reform, and gun safety still at risk if Republicans retake congressional majorities. We have to make it clear that we're the party with voters' best interests in mind, not the interests of corporate donors."


"This bill is one of the single most important investments in modern American history, and combined with President Biden's historic Build Back Better package, will strengthen the economy for years to come," a second official added. "But what's the point if we get steamrolled in 2022? Voters need to understand exactly how hard the president and Democrats worked to get this over the finish line, and he's the best messenger to do that."