Biden aims to sell economic diary on trip to Cincinnati | New policies
By ALEXANDRA JAFFE and AAMER MADHANI, Associated Press
CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) – President Joe Biden aimed to build support for his economic agenda with a visit to Cincinnati on Wednesday, where he visited a union training center ahead of a CNN town hall.
The trip comes as the fate of its infrastructure proposal remains uncertain after Senate Republicans rejected a $ 1 trillion plan in a key test vote on Wednesday. A bipartisan group of 22 senators said in a joint statement after the vote that they were close to reaching a deal and called for a postponement until Monday.
Biden expressed confidence in the outcome, telling reporters when asked if he would make an infrastructure deal: “Yes, we will.”
As lawmakers wrestle over the details of this proposal on Capitol Hill, Biden was due to use city hall, in part, to talk about the broad outlines of his economic vision, arguing that his nearly $ 4 trillion package is needed to rebuild the middle class and support the economic growth the country experienced in the first six months of his presidency.
First, Biden visited the IBEW / NECA Electrical Training Center located west of Cincinnati. He had the opportunity to closely observe interns doing five-year apprenticeships to learn the ins and outs of the kind of skilled, well-paying union jobs he says will be in more demand if his plan comes to fruition.
“There’s a reason union workers are the best trained,” Biden said, as he met apprentices on five-year training programs.
This is his third trip to the state – one he lost by around 8 points in 2020, but which remains critical to the Democratic Party’s political future and a key test of whether Biden’s economic proposals have the broad appeal the White House is hoping for.
With presidential visits to cities in Ohio, Columbus, Cleveland and now Cincinnati, the White House is betting that Biden’s policies are popular with independent voters and that the electorate will reward a president and a party trying to resolve their issues. problems.
The state faces a rocky Senate election next year with the retirement of Republican Rob Portman, who helped negotiate the infrastructure plan that now faces an uncertain future in the equally divided Senate.
The president’s visit took him to the dangerously obsolete Brent Spence Bridge, a bottleneck for trucks and emergency vehicles between Ohio and Kentucky that the two former presidents unsuccessfully vowed to replace. But Republicans are focusing more on the increase in shootings and crime in Cincinnati, which they blame on Democrats, although there are a host of factors including the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden is likely to answer questions on many of these issues during his town hall Wednesday night on CNN at Mount St. Joseph University, a private Catholic college in Delhi Township, a western suburb of Cincinnati.
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