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President Biden's Next Big-Ticket Item: A Transformational Infrastructure Plan

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President Biden's Next Big-Ticket Item: A Transformational Infrastructure Plan

NEW ALEXANDRIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop at International Union of Operational Engineers Local 66 Heavy Equipment Operator Training School September 30, 2020 in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania. Former Vice President Biden made a stop in New Alexandria to receive an endorsement from the union as he continues to campaign for the upcoming presidential election today on a day-long train tour with stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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America's infrastructure GPA is a C-minus, according to the American Society Of Civil Engineers, which this month called for massive investment in the nation’s roads, bridges and transit system.

The Biden administration is preparing to propose that kind of investment — along with green energy policies and progressive programs that would total more than $3 trillion. NPR's Mara Liasson reports on the plan, which Biden has signaled he wants to pass with Republican support.

That's just one political balancing act Biden will have to negotiate. Another is with a key part of his political coalition: labor unions. NPR's Don Gonyea explains.

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