U.S. President Joe Biden will journey to Wisconsin on Tuesday to press his case for a $1.9 trillion pandemic aid bill in the political battleground state that helped safe his victory in final year’s presidential election.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki mentioned final week that Biden would do a CNN city corridor with voters whereas visiting the state, hard hit by the pandemic and its financial fallout.
“That’s an opportunity to hear directly from people about how the dual crises are impacting them,” she instructed reporters.
Biden has traveled to his dwelling state of Delaware and to the Camp David presidential retreat since taking office on Jan. 20, however the journey to Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest metropolis, is his first on official business since turning into commander-in-chief.
The state, which has 10 Electoral College votes, sided with the Democratic president over Donald Trump, then the Republican incumbent, by a slender margin in the November election.
With the U.S. Senate having acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial on Saturday, the White House is keen to press forward with Biden’s agenda on the economic system, combating Covid-19, curbing local weather change and addressing racial inequality.
Biden needs Congress to move his $1.9 trillion pandemic aid bill in the approaching weeks in order to get $1,400 stimulus checks out to Americans and bolster unemployment funds.
The White House technique to promote the package deal and different coverage objectives entails getting out to voters. Having been vaccinated for the coronavirus, Biden, 78, is stepping up his journey in coming days.
On Thursday he’ll go to Michigan, one other political swing state, to see a Pfizer manufacturing web site and discuss to employees concerned in making the company’s Covid-19 vaccine. Its 16 Electoral College votes additionally contributed to Biden’s election win.
Wisconsin had supported Democratic presidential candidates for practically twenty years earlier than backing Trump in 2016, serving to him defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2020, it helped give Biden a 306-232 vote edge in the Electoral College.
The president faces resistance from Republicans over the excessive price ticket of the stimulus bill. Biden and his allies have argued that going “big” will assist enhance the economic system and produce the pandemic underneath management in a rustic the place greater than 485,000 individuals have died from Covid-19.