The visits have mutual benefits to the Biden administration, which gets to connect with state and local officials, and the officeholders themselves, who get to witness history, schmooze with top federal officials and increase their visibility.
On Wednesday, in the East Room, Biden signed the Honoring our PACT Act, a measure to expand benefits for military veterans exposed to toxic “burn pits” in battle zones, famously championed by former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Crystal Lake, was among about 24 members of Congress in the East Room for the event–and the only one from Illinois.
“We can’t wait any longer for this comprehensive legislation, which provides care and benefits to all toxic-exposed veterans,” Underwood, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, tweeted.
On Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker was on the South Lawn for a ceremony in which Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, which, among other things, boosts semiconductor research. It was Pritzker’s second White House visit in about a month: He was also there on July 11 for an event recognizing the first major gun control legislation passed by Congress in more than a decade.
Pritzker did not meet privately with the president on Tuesday, a spokesman for the governor said, as he had during the July visit, which came just a week after the Highland Park parade shooting. But the governor tweeted a picture of himself and White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator Mitch Landrieu on a balcony of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, and he cited a “very productive meeting” with Landrieu.
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August 12, 2022 at 11:11AM