The Hawaii congressman, a self-described fiscal conservative, was one of a handful of Democrats threatening the president’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” plan.
The Hawaii congressman has expressed concerns over the size of the spending plan, which includes some of the president’s top priorities such as climate change.
The Hawaii congressman agreed to move forward on the plan in exchange for a vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes $550 billion in new spending.
The strategy draws heavily from a bill authored by Hawaii Congressman Ed Case.
The Hawaii congressman, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, is up for re-election in 2022 but has yet to draw a challenger.
The Hawaii congressman is optimistic that Congress will compromise on major infrastructure legislation.
The bill would authorize $1 billion in aid to Pacific Island nations and boost trade, diplomatic and military relations across the region.
Local politicians, business leaders and labor organizers say Hawaii needs funds to reduce its dependence on petroleum, boost rail and improve wastewater systems.
A failed amendment to a House bill that seeks to expand voting rights and reduce the influence of money in politics highlights some differences between Hawaii’s Democratic congressmen.