Biden praises McConnell for efforts to pass infrastructure law

At an event in Covington, Ky., to tout infrastructure investment, President Biden praised Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and lauded his efforts to help pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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JOE BIDEN: I'm especially happy to be here with my friend and colleague of many years, and I might add a longest-serving leader in the United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell. Mitch, it's great to be with you. I asked permission if I could say something nice about him. I didn't want to-- I said, I'd campaign for him or against him, whichever would help him the most. But--

[LAUGHTER]

But Mitch, it wasn't easy. And-- to get this done. And it wouldn't have gotten done, no matter all the work so many others have done and by writing the legislation and dropping it in, it wouldn't have happened without your hand. It just wouldn't have gotten done. And I want to thank you for that. And, you know, we have to find common ground--

[APPLAUSE]

--common ground to get major legislation done in any circumstance ever. But particularly the circumstance we've been in the last four or five years have been less than cooperative. And Leader McConnell and I don't agree on everything. In fact, we disagree on a lot of things.

But here's what matters. He's a man of his word. When he gives you his word, you can take it to the bank. You can count on it. And he's willing to find common ground to get things done for the country. So thank you, Mitch. Thank you.

[APPLAUSE]

And that's exactly what we did in the bipartisan infrastructure law, which got done, in no small part because of Mitch's leadership.