WASHINGTON (AP) – Let the sales drive begin.
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris և and their husbands embark on an ambitious foreign tour this week to highlight the benefits of overcoming the coronavirus and boosting its $ 1.9 trillion program.
The Road Home show, called the “Help Here” tour by the White House, begins Monday as Harris heads to the COVID-19 vaccine site, Las Vegas Culinary Academy, and First Lady Il Biden walks through New Jersey Elementary School.
The president will have more to say at the White House on Monday about his plans, and on Tuesday he plans to visit a small business in Delaware, Pennsylvania. He and Harris are expected to arrive in Atlanta together on Friday.
Harris will meet with small business owners in Denver on Tuesday. Jill Biden meets Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Wednesday in Concord, New Hampshire.
Vaccine stations, businesses, schools, and other stops are designed to inform the public about various aspects of the giant American rescue program and how it will help people get to the other side of the epidemic.
Biden said the administration of President Barack Obama, of which Biden was vice president, had failed to properly inform the public about the benefits of its economic recovery program. He said he wanted to do a better job of selling this time over the details of his first major legislative victory.
One of the main features of the program is $ 1400 direct payments for a single taxpayer, or $ 2800 direct taxes for a married couple, plus $ 1,400 per dependency, for a total of $ 2,600 for a married couple. Payments end up for those with higher incomes.
The extension of federal unemployment benefits will continue until September 6, at $ 300 per week. Other resources include $ 350 billion for state, local and tribal governments, $ 130 billion for K-12 schools, and about $ 50 billion for the expansion of COVID-19 tests.
Restaurants and bars that have been forced to close or restrict service will benefit from a multibillion-dollar grant program that’s worth tens of billions of dollars to help people who have fallen behind on their rent or mortgage payments.
The bill cleared Congress without any support from Republicans, despite polls suggesting the program was widely supported by the public. Republicans have argued that the bill is too expensive. Democrats cast their ballots, and Biden signed it last week.
The “Help is Here” tour takes Harris to his first domestic tour as vice president. She will be accompanied by her husband, the nation’s first “second gentleman”, who plans to split in Las Vegas on Monday and separate events in New Mexico on Wednesday.
Since taking office, Harris has chaired the swearing-in ceremony for members of Biden’s cabinet. He accompanied the president in his speeches, made his own remarks, spoke on the phone with world leaders, and spoke in Washington, including the funeral of his son, Washington’s broker Vernon Jordan.
Harris also voted 50-50 in the Senate for a three-vote margin for his role as Senate President.
Monday’s Biden will be joined by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy during a tour Monday at Samuel Smith Elementary School in Burlington, where he is expected to talk about how the program will help families, communities, and rebuild the school’s steps.
Since assuming her new role, the First Lady has maintained a strong schedule focused on education, military families, and cancer research. Earlier this month, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Connecticut, Pennsylvania public schools, which reopened during the epidemic.
Emhoff, an advocate for the practice, also participated several times in Washington DC in his standard teaching of int orchard law. He plans to visit a food aid organization in Las Vegas on Monday to attend a hearing with the organization’s partners.
In addition to the president, vice president and their spouses, government secretaries will also travel. Hundreds of mayors and governors, including Republicans, are lined up for interviews to discuss what the program means to their communities.
Transportation Secretary Pete Butigig decided on Monday to tour the UPS distribution center in Landover, Maryland, which also supplies vaccines in Washington.
Associated Press writer Hope Yen contributed to this report.