Biden heads to Michigan to try and sell his faltering agenda after telling progressive Dems the price tag needs to come down from $3.5T to no more than $2.2T and that he is open to means testing
- President Joe Biden will travel Tuesday to the red part of the blue state of Michigan to hawk his infrastructure and budget bills
- Biden will speak at a branch of the International Union of Operating Engineers in Howell, Michigan
- Livingston County, Michigan chose former President Donald Trump over Biden by more than 20 points
- The trip comes after Biden dashed progressives’ hopes telling them that the $3.5 trillion budget bill needed to be slashed by more than a trillion dollars
Biden will speak at a branch of the International Union of Operating Engineers in Howell, Michigan, the county seat of Livingston County, which chose former President Donald Trump over Biden by more than 20 points.
‘People don’t think of their roads as partisan, for good reason, nor do they think of their childcare is partisan. And so that’s why the president wants to make the case in Michigan,’ press secretary Jen Psaki explained Monday, when asked why Biden was voyaging into Trump country.
The trip comes after Biden dashed progressives’ hopes telling them that the $3.5 trillion budget bill needed to be slashed by more than a trillion dollars.
CBS News reported that the new pricetag for the ‘human instrastructure’ bill was to be between $1.9 and $2.2 trillion. A source told the network that the White House was open to means testing, though progressives have voiced that measuring eligibility for some programs could be burdensome for government workers – actually making them more expensive.
President Joe Biden will travel to Michigan Tuesday to tout the two bills he wants Congress to pass – the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package and a larger, budget bill that will include ‘human infrastructure’ programs
The $3.5 trillion bill includes climate change provisions, universal pre-K, child care assistance, tuition-free community college, paid medical and family leave, the extension of the child tax credit and enhanced Medicare coverage.
In Michigan, Biden will talk about some of the programs proposed in the bill.
‘We’re going to a state and part of a state that could benefit from all of these packages, because they’re hugely popular whether you’re a Democrat or Republican or independent,’ she added.
While the county went for Trump in 2020, Howell is represented by Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who is expected to face a tough re-election campaign next year.
Slotkin is one of 17 House Democrats being targeted by ads funded by the National Republican Congressional Committee, linking her to Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ‘$3 trillion in tax hikes.’
Biden aims to tout what goodies are actually in the two packages, Psaki said.
‘He wants to go out there and talk about the components and the pieces of these bills that will make people’s lives better, even as we’re having very important conversation about the legislative logistics here,’ Psaki said.
A Thursday night vote on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill was stalled over a progressive threat to tank the bill.
They used the tactic to try and get moderate support for the larger package, which was originally pitched as a $3.5 trillion investment.
‘People don’t think of their roads as partisan, for good reason, nor do they think of their childcare is partisan,’ said White House press secretary Jen Psaki when asked by Biden decided to go into Trump country to sell his two bills
Besides being one of the three formerly Democratic states that Biden flipped back from Trump, Psaki said the president chose Michigan because it would ‘benefit greatly from both the bipartisan infrastructure package and the Build Back Better agenda.’
‘Just to give you a couple of examples, Michiganders – I confirmed that is actually what people from Michigan call themselves … spent an extra 67 per cnet of their time commuting because of their need for updating infrastructure,’ Psaki said.
‘Almost 10 per cent people in Michigan don’t have broadband access, that is really something that will help level the playing field for people, whether they’re in urban or rural communities,’ she continued. ‘Forty-four per cent of people in Michigan live in childcare deserts.’
‘These are all issues that are addressed by both of these packages,’ the press secretary added.