WATCH: Biden touts bipartisan infrastructure legislation | 2023 State of the Union

In his second State of the Union speech, President Joe Biden highlighted the bipartisan infrastructure law that he signed in 2021. He said that projects funded by the new legislation will generate thousands of jobs and repair crucial infrastructure across the country, including highways, railroads and bridges.

“To maintain the strongest economy in the world, we need the best infrastructure in the world,” Biden said. The president also announced new standards requiring that federal infrastructure projects use construction materials that were manufactured in the United States.

Biden’s Feb. 7 address comes nearly a year after Russia invaded Ukraine and amid new diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and China over a suspected surveillance balloon. This is Biden’s second State of the Union address, as his first was a joint address to Congress in April 2021.

Last year, Biden used his address to emphasize themes of bipartisanship and unity. But he now faces a split Congress, with the GOP-led House launching efforts to investigate his family and his administration.

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