During a visit to Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Joe Biden called the $ 1.9 trillion economic aid package passed the day before by Congress and signed by the president a “great achievement.” The Reuters news agency reported this.
“This is a great achievement,” Biden said, speaking to the owners of a small parquet manufacturing firm in Chester, a suburb of Philadelphia, “more help is expected, in fact.”
Chester was the first point of a series of visits by the president to different parts of the country as part of the economic recovery program. The Head of State is accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The president plans to visit several states where his victory guaranteed him victory in the election, including Pennsylvania. On Friday, Biden and Harris will visit Georgia, another state critical to the current president’s victory. Both states are hugely important in the upcoming Senate elections in 2022, during which Republicans hope to regain control of the upper house of Congress.
The economic aid package, also known as the “Save America Plan,” was passed by a Democratic majority in Congress, despite opposition from all Republicans, who called Biden’s plan too expensive and insufficiently focused on addressing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic itself.
According to the White House, the Pennsylvania firm that the president visited today meets the conditions of several assistance programs included in the new incentive package, including a program for obtaining loans for small businesses and tax breaks.
The White House announced the date of Biden’s first press conference.
During the president’s visit to Pennsylvania, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Joe Biden would hold his first press conference on March 25.
Opponents have repeatedly criticized Biden for refusing to communicate with the press. Since coming to power, the president has met with journalists several times, but he answered only one or two questions from reporters and left after the speech.
At the White House, the delay in holding an official press conference was explained by the fact that the president is primarily concerned with the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.