As he prepares for a likely reelection campaign, President Joe Biden will launch a three-week tour on Tuesday to highlight the impact of his signature legislative achievements, according to a White House official. The impact of these laws is beginning to be felt across the country.
For the next three weeks, Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, first lady Jill Biden, and over a dozen Cabinet officials will visit over 20 states, including important battleground states such as Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, as part of the “Invest in America” trip.
“Invest in America” tour next week
The tour is the White House’s most planned and focused effort to date to accomplish what White House officials view as their primary objective this year: enacting legislation and ensuring Americans are aware of Biden’s achievements. According to polls published last month, the White House has its work cut out for it. A survey conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News found that 62% of Americans thought Biden has done “not very much” or “little or nothing.”
Biden will make his first of multiple stops on Tuesday at a semiconductor manufacturer in Durham, North Carolina, which has announced plans to build a $5 billion chips manufacturing facility that will create 1,800 new jobs, spurred by the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act, which provides incentives for domestic semiconductor manufacturing.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will highlight airport safety and infrastructure projects in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma; Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will visit fiber-optic cable manufacturers in North Carolina; and Mitch Landrieu, Biden’s infrastructure coordinator, will highlight electric vehicle manufacturing in Tennessee.
“Invest in America” tour will create 1,800 new jobs
The official stated that Harris will make stops upon her return from Africa to promote the rise of indigenous manufacturing. The first lady, who teaches at a small college, is anticipated to emphasize worker training initiatives.
The tour will highlight how the President’s Investing in America agenda is growing the economy from the middle-out.
The three-week tour is expected to include travel by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan, and Small Business Administration Administrator Isabel Guzman.
In April, the trip will overlap with a two-week legislative break and will also feature meetings with congressional representatives.
Biden will travel to North Carolina one day after convening a meeting of his “Invest in America” Cabinet, which is comprised of key Cabinet officials implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the American Rescue Plan.
At each visit, Biden and his Cabinet will emphasize the direct and indirect effects of these laws, including legislation-driven private sector investments, as well as the effect on state and local economies.