What to Know in Washington: Biden, Cabinet Plan Three-Week Blitz
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President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and cabinet officers are planning a three-week blitz across the country to promote his economic agenda, starting with a visit to Wolfspeed Inc., a North Carolina chipmaker.
The tour of more than 20 states will highlight the influence of legislation signed into law during the president’s first two years in office, including the Inflation Reduction Act, the Chips and Science Act and the bipartisan infrastructure law.
Biden will hold a cabinet meeting on Monday where top administration officials will discuss how those measures are being translated into job growth and lower costs for Americans.
On Tuesday, the president will head to Durham, North Carolina, where Wolfspeed, a manufacturer of semiconductors and chip components, has announced a $5 billion investment that will create 1,800 new jobs, according to a White House official.
The White House has turned to implementing and praising legislation passed during Biden’s first two years in office as the prospects for new legislative victories are unlikely with Republicans in control of the House.
Biden has increasingly been traveling outside of Washington, using the opportunity to hold campaign style events and championing his accomplishments ahead of an expected 2024 reelection bid. Read more.
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Around the Administration
- Biden at 11:10 a.m. on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada participates in a welcome ceremony and book signing.
- At 11:30 a.m., Biden joins Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a bilateral meeting, followed by an expanded bilateral meeting at 11:45 a.m.
- The president addresses the Canadian Parliament at 2 p.m.
- At 3:45 p.m., Biden and Trudeau hold a joint press conference, and at 6:30 p.m., they attend a gala dinner.
- Biden departs Ottawa at 9:25 p.m. and arrives to New Castle, Delaware at 10:40 p.m.
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To contact the reporter on this story: Katrice Eborn in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
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