Biden adviser says Ida’s impact shows need for infrastructure, climate change legislation

In discussing the impact of the hurricane, Richmond argued that these two pieces of legislation would help on multiple levels, by upgrading the country’s infrastructure and by fighting climate change.

“The president created this legislation over a year ago. So he was ahead of this. Now we need Congress to come along with us to protect the American people and invest in them,” he told host George Stephanopoulos.

Richmond said he was not discouraged by recent statements by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) expressing opposition to the $3.5 trillion bill.

“It’s not abnormal for this to happen in the legislative process,“ he said.

Speaking immediately after Richmond, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said he expects the bipartisan infrastructure bill will be approved by the Senate, but not the larger spending package.

“They are not connected. We’ll vote on the infrastructure bill which will be voted on its on merits and it’s very meritorious,“ he said, adding of a vote on the second bill: “Hopefully, by that time, cooler heads have prevailed.”