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Biden looks to shift focus from D.C. gridlock to swing-state benefits By Reuters


© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks from the State Dining Room of the White House, Washington on October 4, 2021 about the U.S. Debt Ceiling. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trevor Hunnicutt, Jarrett Renshaw

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will travel Tuesday in an effort to move the focus from the partisanship within his Democratic Party regarding his massive social spending plan to the potential benefits it could bring to Americans.

Biden suffered a setback when Democratic moderates and progressives failed to pass his $3.5 trillion bill for infrastructure or his proposal for social spending of $1 trillion.

According to the White House, President Obama will be visiting Michigan in “continued public support” of both these initiatives.

Jen Psaki, White House spokesperson, said that Trump wants to meet with people and discuss the parts and pieces of the bills that can make lives easier.

Democrats worry that angry voters could punish them if they don’t pass the infrastructure bill. Biden was known for his key promises in the election, including the rebuilding of U.S. infrastructure.

Biden’s larger bill, “Build Back better”, includes healthcare, childcare and housing benefits. It also provides free tuition to community colleges and subsidies for clean energy. The White House claimed that all these programs would not add to the national debt, as they are paid for with taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

According to his White House schedule, Biden will meet with Democratic House members via video conference at 10:00 a.m. (1500 GMT) Tuesday to discuss the bill for infrastructure and the Build Back Better program.

Biden supporters worry about the loss of these programs that, according to polls, are very popular among a large portion of Americans.

Michigan was a key election battlefield state where Biden switched from Republican to Democrat in 2020. According to the White House, aging infrastructure in Michigan has made it difficult for residents to commute and many people don’t have access broadband internet or childcare.

Biden will be traveling to Howell which is a community of around 9,500 residents, about 55-miles (89 km) west of Detroit. There he will also visit an International Union of Operating Engineers training centre. It is located in the 8th congressional district, which is highly competitive. There were a lot of votes for Trump, but they also elected Elissa slotkin as their Democratic Representative to Congress.

Slotkin is a supporter of $1 trillion in roads and bridges legislation. She has also advocated elements of the wider social-spending legislation. However, she said that the plan would have to be reexamined fully.

Progressive House Democrats (NYSE.:) Have stated they would not vote against that bill until they have support for Biden’s $3.5 billion social spending bill. This bill’s price has made some moderates uncomfortable. Last week’s dispute caused Democratic leaders to put off a vote regarding the infrastructure bill. The measure has bipartisan Senate support.

Biden stated that the bill’s size will need to be reduced to gain support from two moderate senators, Kyrsten Silenza and Joe Manchin. Because all Senate Republicans opposed the larger bill, their support is essential. Every Democratic vote is needed to pass it.

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