He will go to Traverse City, which is home to the National Cherry Festival, an event previously attended by Presidents Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford. Biden will also tour a cherry farm in nearby County Antrim.
Biden’s trip to Michigan, where he will be joined by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, is part of a broader campaign by the administration to gain public support for the infrastructure package and other policies geared towards families and education.
First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Maine and New Hampshire on Saturday, while Vice President Kamala Harris will head to Las Vegas.
The president has said the key to getting his $ 973 billion deal passed is taking the case directly to the voters. While Republicans and Democrats could fight in Washington, Biden’s theory is that lawmakers from both parties want to comply with their constituencies.
White House officials negotiated the compromise with a bipartisan group of senators led by Ohio Republican Rob Portman and Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.
The deal, announced in June, includes $ 109 billion for roads and highways, $ 15 billion for electric vehicle infrastructure and transit systems, and $ 65 billion for broadband, among other spending on airports, drinking water systems and resilience efforts to face climate change.
It would be funded by Covid-19 relief that was approved in 2020 but unspent, money repurposed to improve unemployment benefits, and increased enforcement by the IRS on wealthier Americans avoiding taxes. Financing also depends on the leasing of the 5G telecommunications spectrum, the strategic oil reserve and the potential economic growth produced by the investments.
The president intends to pass additional initiatives on education and families, as well as tax increases for the wealthy and corporations through the budget reconciliation process. This would allow approval of Biden’s priorities by a simple majority, avoiding the 60-vote hurdle in a Senate split between Democrats and Republicans.