Biden’s Next Challenge: Sell the Infrastructure Bill

The White House is looking to refine its sales pitch for the recently passed infrastructure bill in a bid to improve the administration’s position with voters after a tough election for Democrats and as President BidenJoe Biden Nicaragua Ortega Prepares to Win Election Amid International Criticism Representative Gosar Releases Anime Video Showing Him Hitting Biden, Ocasio-Cortez Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented By ExxonMobil – Activists Cry Over COP26 Draft MORE has seen his approval ratings plummet.

Officials have argued for months about the need for infrastructure investments to maintain the nation’s economic competitiveness. Now, with a bill passed and another spending package in Congress, Biden and his top aides seek to convince the public that the White House agenda is tangibly benefiting voters.

The president will head to Baltimore on Wednesday to promote new investments in ports that will alleviate supply chain problems. The White House has also assigned a handful of cabinet secretaries to broadcast the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill to the public.

Ensuring the public is aware of how the bill benefits their communities will be crucial for the White House as it seeks an increase in approval after a difficult few months. Poll after poll has shown that Americans are concerned about inflation and the economy, and Democrats suffered key losses in state elections earlier this month, marked by a loss in the Virginia gubernatorial race.

“I think it is important for us day after day to make the connection with what has been done here and the daily improvements in people’s lives,” he said. Tom perezThomas Perez Clinton’s Top Five Vice Presidents Elections Government Social Programs: Hope Triumphs Over Evidence of Labor “Waste and Mismanagement” in Workers’ Comp MORE, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and candidate for governor of Maryland.

Pérez noted that a swath of Americans still don’t realize that the child tax credit they received this year was part of the American Rescue Plan, which Biden signed in March, an example that underscores the importance of making sure the public connects. the improvements in your lives to what the management is doing.

“We need to be the chief executors, we have to be the chief explainer, and we have to be the chief marketer. This is how we will do it, ”Pérez said.

The Biden administration intends to engage a broad coalition of outside organizations and government officials to help educate the public about the infrastructure bill, according to a White House official.

The White House will collaborate with labor groups, business coalitions, and state and local leaders to reach Americans at the local level.

That community focus was on display Monday when Biden sat down for an interview with a local station in Cincinnati to discuss the bill’s benefits for a nearby bridge that has long needed repairs.

In Baltimore on Wednesday, Biden will visit the port of Baltimore and give statements. White House Under Secretary for Press Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-Pierre Overnight Health Care – Presented by Rare Access Action Project – White House Unaffected by On The Money Mandate Ruling – White House Delves into Vaccine Mandate Republican Says Republican Party Should Block government funding on vaccine mandates MORE, when asked why Biden is going to that site instead of other major US ports, he said the trip is focused on investments to fix the supply chain.

“It is very important to the supply chain and all the work that it is doing to make sure that we fix the problem that we currently have,” he said Tuesday.

Later in the week, Biden is scheduled to hold a cabinet meeting to discuss the bill’s implementation and expected results, including rebuilding roads, bridges, and rails, expanding access to drinking water, ensuring Internet access. speeding and tackling the climate crisis. .

Secretary of Transportation Pete buttigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg Says Administration Will Keep Fighting For Family Leave 12:30 PM Report From The Hill: Democrats Awaiting CBO Score For Social Spending Bill Watch Live: White House Spokesperson Reports reporters MORE and secretary of commerce Gina raimondoGina Raimondo Lawmakers Call on Biden Administration to Take Further Action Against Spyware Groups Biden Administration and Stakeholders Host Cross-Agency Event on Economic Equity Hillicon Valley: US Blacklist Groups Linked to Cyber-surveillance PLUS joined White House press conferences on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, to discuss the bill. Their appearances are part of a broader delegation from specific agencies to highlight specific benefits.

The Department of Transportation will spearhead messaging efforts on how the bill will improve roads, ports, rails and bridges; Interior will focus on benefits for native communities and the fight against climate change; the Department of Energy will describe how the bill helps repair the electrical grid; the Department of Commerce will direct the messaging on the implementation of the Internet to communities without access; and EPA will detail how the bill will allow for lead pipe replacement.

In Washington, administration officials have touted the gigantic bill as a landmark investment and transformative piece of legislation. But the message in the states should be different, argued Ryan McConaghy, a former senior adviser to the Senate Democratic leadership and a partner at Forbes Tate.

He said the administration should focus on the tangible benefits of the package and the concrete local impacts it will have on Americans when it is sold across the country.

“I think the president is doing a good job going to Baltimore and deploying the cabinet. They can’t sell this from DC alone. That’s particularly important for rural areas, where people feel like the Democrats have abandoned them, ”he said.

McConaghy argued that the administration should continue to sell it beyond this initial push.

“They need to stay at this with progress reports, they can’t just put a shovel on the ground and cut the tape. They need to provide continuous updates on the money that comes out to finance projects in the coming months, ”he said.

Biden has yet to enact the legislation and the White House has not yet indicated when that ceremony will take place. Congress comes out this week, and Jean-Pierre said Monday that Biden “wants to make sure the members of Congress who worked very, very hard on this, when they come back, then let’s find a moment to sign it.”

McConaghy said that involving members of Congress in the sale of the package will help Americans feel less disconnected from the benefits of the bill.

“President Biden and the Democrats in Congress can use this victory to show that they are ruling. Numerous administrations and congresses have tried to do this for a long time, and it has now happened under their supervision. The president has a great sales force with members who helped make this happen, ”he said.

“Working with them to locate impacts on specific projects and economic jobs and projects will have to be a key part of the strategy to reap the political benefits of this,” he added.

Rep. Peter defazioPeter Anthony DeFazio Industry Rejects Congressional and Federal Cybersecurity Mandate Efforts Democrats Facing Monstrous December Collision Biden Signs Highway Funding Extension MORE (D-Ore.), Chairman of the House Infrastructure and Transportation Committee, said Americans will be able to see the benefits in the upcoming construction season.

“There will be a lot of jobs out there. Manufacturers are going to make new bus kits. We are going to put a lot of people to work, leading America toward a 21st century transportation bill. They will figure it out,” he said.

Co-Chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus Rep. Josh gottheimerJoshua (Josh) Gottheimer The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Democrats await CBO score for social spending bill Democrats shift focus to spending package after infrastructure approval Biden officials seek the social spending package after the approval of the infrastructure MORE (DN.J.) said last week that he “can’t wait” to go home to New Jersey to promote what’s in the bill.

“Since the Gateway Tunnel, which is the tunnel between New York and New Jersey, which repairs many dilapidated roads, we have the third worst roads in the country, a third of our bridges are considered unsafe. We hope to show how we can deliver, “he said.

“Also, speaking of a significant investment in broadband, I have large swaths of rural areas that don’t have high-speed internet. We have a lot of lead problems in water and pipes. There is a lot to do. [helpful] to our families, ”he said.

Naomi Jagoda contributed to this report.

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