ICYMI: Post-SOTU, Biden-Harris Officials Blanket The Country To Tout Economic Wins

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following President Biden’s State of the Union address last week, the president and his Cabinet traveled across the country to uplift the positive impact of the Biden-Harris agenda in more than 30 communities across 20 states. President Biden, Vice President Harris, and leaders in their administration highlighted historic policies that are lowering costs, creating good-paying union jobs, rebuilding infrastructure, revitalizing American manufacturing, and more. They underscored that their work to build our economy from the bottom up and middle out is far from over, and outlined a path forward to finish the job by getting more historic funding to the ground.

President Biden traveled to Wisconsin to highlight the positive impact of his economic agenda and to Florida to push back against extreme MAGA plans to gut Medicare and Social Security.

WI Public Radio: ​​President Joe Biden speaks about job creation near Madison

President Joe Biden spoke at a labor training facility outside of Madison on Wednesday, kicking off a day of traveling the country to promote the agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Biden delivered remarks at the Laborers’ International Union of North America training center in DeForest, speaking about creating “good-paying, union jobs” and other aspects of his economic plan.

POLITICO: Biden on Republicans: ‘Their dream is to cut Social Security and Medicare’

“Folks, I hate to disappoint them, but the Biden economic plan is working,” the president told a crowd gathered inside a union training center. “It’s working.” The president used his stop in the battleground state to drive home the themes from his national address, primarily his optimism about his economic plan.

Vice President Harris traveled to Georgia to highlight the administration’s work to build a clean energy economy and to Minnesota to tout new EV manufacturing jobs.

Star Tribune: Vice President Kamala Harris touts electric vehicle investment in St. Cloud visit

Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday heralded electric buses as a “model of American innovation” that help workers secure good-paying jobs and transit companies find more climate-friendly options. The Democratic vice president toured bus manufacturer New Flyer in St. Cloud before giving a speech to a few hundred people, a mix of New Flyer employees and community members.

FOX 5 Atlanta: Vice President Kamala Harris visits Georgia Tech, talks climate change

There was a huge welcome for the VP Wednesday at Georgia Tech’s campus. Harris’ visit was part of the administration’s post-State of the Union blitz across the country. The stop in Atlanta focused on the climate crisis. Harris talked about the administration’s investments and actions to save the planet. She also talked about clean drinking water and removing lead pipes to protect vulnerable communities. One accomplishment she emphasized is the Inflation Reduction Act which dedicates more than $350 billion toward climate work.

See more highlights from Cabinet officials’ travel post-State of the Union:

Daily O’Colly: U.S. Secretary of Labor tours Tulsa’s Black Wall Street

U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh connected with Tulsa residents and business owners as he dove into the history of Black Wall Street on Friday. Two days before Secretary Walsh’s visit, U.S. President Joe Biden announced the unemployment rate for Black Americans is at its second lowest point in history. 

Dallas Morning News: HHS secretary pushes for expanded drug affordability during Dallas visit

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra’s visit to Dallas on Wednesday was as much about the people who fall through the cracks of a new federal cap on insulin costs as it was about the patients who can now get the life-saving diabetes treatment for only $35.

KOIN: Member of Pres. Biden’s Cabinet talks fostering small business in Portland

Isabella Guzman is a member of President Biden’s Cabinet and runs the SBA agency, which provides loans and advice to small businesses. As part of her tour, she talked with some local business owners who are working thru Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, a nonprofit that helps historically excluded entrepreneurs with consulting on how to grow their businesses and access to capital.

KPLC: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg traveling to Lake Charles to celebrate $150M Calcasieu River Bridge grant

Buttigeieg’s first stop will be in Lake Charles where he will be joined by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Secretary of Transportation Shawn Wilson, and Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter for a news conference to celebrate a $150 million grant to help replace the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. Following his stop in Lake Charles, Buttigeieg will be in Port Arthur to highlight a $13.2 million grant to expand the size and capacity of the port and improve the efficiency of freight movement while lowering emissions.

KWTX: U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary makes a stop in Waco for PACT Act hiring event

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is visiting the Waco Veterans Affairs Regional Office Thursday for the PACT Act hiring event. The PACT Act was passed in August of 2022. The new law expands health care and benefits to Veterans who were exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and toxins during their military service.

Omaha World-Herald: U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona highlights student mental health in Nebraska visit

During his first official visit to Nebraska, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said Wednesday the country is facing a youth mental health crisis, and he asked Nebraskans for ideas to address it.

RFD-TV: EPA Administrator Michael Regan heads to the farm to accelerate agriculture

EPA Administrator Michael Regan is currently in Kansas, highlighting investments in rural communities. Today, he is set to visit a family farm where he will discuss efforts to tackle climate change and accelerate a resilient agriculture system.

Salt Lake Tribune: Energy secretary touts Utah geothermal project, sees green path to U.S. energy independence

Granholm was in Utah Wednesday as part of a post-State of the Union tour to promote the president’s clean-energy agenda. The plan includes large incentives for both industry and consumers to move away from oil, gas and coal to new technologies.

StateImpact Pennsylvania: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits Pittsburgh-area home to tout Biden abandoned well money

Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was in Western Pennsylvania Thursday touting new funding available to clean up abandoned oil and gas wells. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, passed in 2021, allocated a record $4.7 billion for plugging oil and gas wells, with Pennsylvania expected to receive $330 million over the next decade.

Tennessee Lookout: U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen talks manufacturing, clean energy in Tennessee

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen touted President Joe Biden’s economic recovery plan in Spring Hill, Tenn. on Wednesday at a $2.6 billion manufacturing plant for electric vehicle batteries.  

Tucson Sentinel: Biden Cabinet’s small biz leader visits Tucson to promise investment in Latinos, local shops

White House cabinet member Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the Small Business Administration, joined Tucson Mayor Regina Romero on Thursday to promise more federal investment in local shops and Latino business owners, as she promoted the work of President Joe Biden’s economic plan.

WHYY: HUD Secretary Fudge highlights plans to extend housing assistance for borrowers in Delaware visit

Since the start of the pandemic nearly two million homeowners have received help from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to stay in their homes despite lost wages as a result of COVID-19. HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge was in Wilmington on Wednesday, touting that success and talking with local leaders about HUD’s plans to extend some of that help to keep people in their homes and fight against homelessness.

WIBW: EPA Administrator in Alma to speak about electric school buses

The administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency parked in Alma today to take a look at the 2 new electric buses in the Wabaunsee school district. EPA administrator Michael Regan was excited to see history being made again in Kansas.

WRAL: Billions of dollars for NC internet expansion: US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Raleigh to promote grants

For many rural North Carolinians, reliable internet access simply isn’t possible. Billions of dollars in grants are on their way to North Carolina to help fix the problem, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told farmers, local politicians and other rural leaders from around the state Thursday.