President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are heading on the road, part of a push to educate the public on the benefits included in the massive $1.9 trillion law.
The White House, on Friday, announced both President Biden and Vice President Harris will head to five key states in an effort to build support for the massive $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed and signed into law earlier this week.
“In the coming weeks, Jill and I, and Kamala on Doug, and our Cabinet, with all of you, members of Congress, we’re gonna be traveling the country to speak directly to the American people about how this law is going to make a real difference in their lives and how help is here for them. Almost every single aspect would be significant … every one of those pieces standing alone would be viewed as a significant accomplishment,” Biden said at a Friday afternoon Rose Garden event to celebrate the bill’s passage.
The White House is expected to send surrogates around the country, where outreach to local voters is seen as crucial. Among the issues the administration is expected to highlight: helping veterans, halving child poverty, bolstering rural health care and supporting small businesses.
“We’ll be putting surrogates and senior administration officials on local TV in markets around America. We’ll mobilize our coalition of over 400 supportive mayors and governors – Democrats and Republicans alike – to talk about what the plan means for them and their communities. We’ll continue to engage organized labor, the business community, and other groups, to reinforce why the Rescue Plan is vital in getting Americans back to work,” deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote in a memo obtained by ABC News.
While the tour is seen as a push to build support for the bill, the White House is saying it is more focused on educating the public. White House officials point to several polls released this month showing widespread support for the bill and it’s key policies, including $1,400 stimulus checks.
“This isn’t a question of, of trying to sell it to make it more popular,” White House Senior Adviser Anita Dunn said.
“This is much more a challenge of making sure the American people know exactly what kind of help, what kind of assistance they’re going to get if they’re a small business owner, if they are a farmer, if they are a teacher running a school system trying to get it reopened,” she added.