Cincinnati, Ohio — President Joe Biden aimed to revive support for his economic agenda with a visit to Cincinnati on Wednesday, where he visited a union training center next to the CNN town hall.
The visit comes as the fate of his infrastructure proposal remains unclear after Senate Republicans rejected a $1 trillion blueprint in a major test vote on Wednesday. A bipartisan group of 22 senators said in a joint statement after the vote that they were close to coming to an agreement and requested a delay until Monday.
Biden expressed confidence in the result, asking reporters whether he would make a deal on infrastructure, saying “Yes, we will.”
While lawmakers disputed the details of that proposal on Capitol Hill, Biden was expected to use the town hall, in part, to talk about the broad strokes of his economic vision, making the case that his nearly The $4 trillion package is needed to rebuild. Maintaining the middle class and economic growth the country has seen during the first six months of his presidency.
First, Biden visited the IBEW/NECA Electrical Training Center west of Cincinnati. They also got a chance to take a closer look at the apprentices working their way through a five-year apprenticeship, to learn about skilled, well-paying union jobs that, according to their plan, would be in high demand. It is fruitful.
“There’s a reason union workers are the best trained,” Biden said, as he interviewed trainees.
It is his third visit to the state – one he lost by nearly 8 points in 2020, but one that is crucial to the political future of the Democratic Party and a crucial test of whether Biden’s economic proposals have broad White House appeal. .
The state faces a heated Senate election next year with the retirement of Republican Rob Portman, who helped negotiate an infrastructure plan that now faces an uncertain future in an equally divided Senate.
The president’s visit took him near the dangerously old Brent Spence Bridge—a chokepoint for trucks and emergency vehicles between Ohio and Kentucky that the previous two presidents had promised without success to replace. But Republicans are focusing more on the rise in shootings and crime in Cincinnati, which they blame on Democrats, though several factors, including the coronavirus pandemic.
Joseph’s University, a private Catholic college in Cincinnati’s western suburb of Delhi Township, may question many of those issues during his Wednesday night town hall on CNN on CNN.