US state hit hard by pandemic, Prez Biden to pitch stimulus bill in Wisconsin
On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden will travel to Wisconsin to press his case for $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in the political state as he won last year`s presidential election because of it.
“Biden would do a CNN town hall with voters while visiting the state, hard hit by the pandemic and its economic fallout”, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
“That’s an opportunity to hear directly from people about how the dual crises are impacting them,” she told reporters.
Biden has travelled to Delaware and to Camp David presidential retreat since he has taken office on January 20. But this trip is his first trip.
Wisconsin has 10 electoral college votes and sided the Democratic president over Donald Trump by a small margin in the elections in November.
The White House is eager to know Biden`s agenda on economy, Covid-19 fight, climate change curbing and addressing racial inequality after Trump`s impeachment trial on Saturday.
Biden wants Congress to pass his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in order to get $1,400 stimulus checks out to Americans and bolster unemployment payments in the coming weeks.
To get out the voters is the strategy of the White House to promote the package and other policy goals. Biden is ready to travel in coming days after being vaccinated for the coronavirus.
On Thursday, he will visit Michigan. It is a political state that saw a Pfizer manufacturing site. Its 16 Electoral College votes also contributed to Biden’s election win.
Democratic presidential candidates were supported by Wisconsin for nearly two decades before backing Trump in 2016 and helped him defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The president faced resistance from Republicans over the high price tag of the stimulus bill. Biden and his allies argued that big bills will help boost the economy and bring the pandemic under control in a country where more than 485,000 people have died from Covid-19.