Biden cancels Chicago trip: White House

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 during an event in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Washington.
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 during an event in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Washington. | AP

President Joe Biden will remain at the White House on Wednesday to “continue working on advancing” two crucial pieces of legislation.

WASHINGTON — With his domestic agenda in danger, President Joe Biden canceled his Wednesday Chicago visit to remain in the White House to negotiate with Democratic lawmakers who have disagreements within their own ranks.

Biden was to visit a company in the Chicago area to highlight his mandate for all companies with more than 100 workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He was going appear at a company that, in the wake of Biden’s announcement, called for its employers to get vaccinated.

Biden’s cancelation came late afternoon on Tuesday, just a few hours after White House officials were still planning for the Chicago swing.

A White House official said, “In meetings and calls over the weekend and through today, President Biden has been engaging with members of Congress on the path forward for the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. He will now remain at the White House tomorrow to continue working on advancing these two pieces of legislation to create jobs, grow the economy, and make investments in families, rather than failed giveaways to the rich and big corporations.

“There will be more to come on his engagement over the next couple of days, and the trip to Chicago to discuss the ongoing importance of getting people vaccinated will be rescheduled.”

Democrats are in disagreement over the size of a $3.5 trillion package stuffed with almost every Biden domestic policy initiative — holding hostage, in a sense a $1 trillion infrastructure package for which there is broad agreement.

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September 28, 2021 at 06:03PM

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