Monday, September 26, 2022

Biden: Public Works Plan Could Boost America That ‘Lacked Back’

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PORTLAND, Ore. ( Associated Press) — President Joe Biden He began a two-day trip to the Pacific Northwest by focusing on planned improvements to the airport’s runway and roof, where he landed on Thursday, instead of the region’s traditional, scenic attractions.

Portland International Airport is located on a tectonic plate fault line, but the crew is working on a series of modernizations, including a new, earthquake-resistant runway that will allow incoming and outgoing jets even after a major natural disaster. able to adjust. The design is modeled after the runway of Sendai Airport in Japan, which Biden said he would visit and which survived the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in that country.

The visit is a first for this part of the country as president and comes as he has increased travel across the US to tout a $1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure package. His administration backed out and Congress approved last fall. Since last week, Biden has been to Iowa, North Carolina and New Hampshire, and will travel to Seattle after the Oregon stop.

The president is trying to promote the idea that he’s successfully advanced key policy goals — including providing badly needed funding for long-neglected public works projects across the country — to Republicans in Congress. Despite this, at every turn they oppose many of the White House priorities. The GOP counters that Biden has done little to tackle many of the country’s most pressing issues, failing to control inflation that has climbed to its highest level in more than 40 years or slowing in parts of the country. The crime rate is increasing.

“We have lagged behind. We have not invested in ourselves,” Biden said in a speech, during which he said the public works package includes $25 billion to improve airports across America. What bothers me so much is the belief that we can’t do great things anymore. We can do it.”

“America invented modern aviation, but many of our airports lag far behind our competitors,” he said.

Portland’s airport is surrounded by mountains and hills, yet, before his remarks, Biden was more attentive to workers as he described how the reform would increase flexibility and energy efficiency. Officials are spending $2 billion on airport improvements, including upgrading the campus’s roof, the new sections of which will be made primarily of wood.

The roof is being split into 20 sections and then pieced back together at the terminal, which Democratic Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkle called “an incredible investment in massive lumber.”

About 19.8 million passengers traveled through Portland’s airport in 2019, the White House says, adding that air cargo has increased by more than 19% since 2019 as online commerce surged amid the coronavirus pandemic Is.

Among those was Oregon Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio, who said, “I’ve been fighting for my entire career for investments that will rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.” He said the US was facing systemic challenges, including “an economy that rewards money rather than work”.

Biden later went to a Democratic Party fundraiser at the Yacht Club in Portland, where he took aim at proposals from the GOP and Florida Sen. For a tax hike on the middle class and a possible end to Social Security. The president said that Florida Republicans are also fighting with The Walt Disney Company. On His “Don’t Say Gay” Law for schools and predicted that Democrats would add two seats to achieve a 52–48 majority in the Senate.

“The far right is on that party,” Biden said. “And it’s not even conservative in the traditional sense of conservatism. That means. It’s ugly.”

Historically, the party that controls the White House usually loses congressional seats in the next midterm race – and Republicans have suggested for months That he would easily win control of the House and Senate in November. Scott, the head of the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, has proposed imposing an income tax on the more than half of Americans who currently pay no, and is moving five years later to phase out federal legislation — which could potentially lead to Social Security. may be at risk.

Biden plans to mark Earth Day in Seattle on Friday, the White House said, citing threats such as wildfires and the need to rapidly deploy clean energy.

In an Earth Day statement, Biden called the infrastructure law “a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build on these actions and accelerate our nation’s ability to address the environmental and climate challenges we face.” said.

“For the future of our planet, for our health, and for our children and grandchildren, we must act now,” it said.

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Weissert reported from Washington.

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