President Joe Biden and his top officials will take a victory lap over the next few weeks, touting a string of administration wins in whistle stops around the country.
‘For many administrations, August can be a momentum killer. For this team, August is going to be a momentum builder,‘ write advisers Jen O’Malley Dillon and Anita Dunn in a memo to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
The celebrations will include an event at the White House on September 6th to promote the Inflation Reduction Act.
Additionally, between Sunday and the end of August, Cabinet members will travel to 23 states on over 35 trips to tout the legislation along with other Biden victories, which include signing burn pits legislation and the CHIPS Act into law, killing al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, and gas prices falling under $4.
The travel, being called the Building A Better America Tour, will continue this fall into the run up to the November election.
‘Our goal for the next few weeks is simple: Take our message – one that we know resonates with key groups – and reach the American people where they are,’ the memo states.
The messaging will focus on what Democrats passed in Congress and slam Congressional Republicans for siding ‘with the special interests — pushing an extreme MAGA agenda that costs families.’
President Joe Biden and his top officials will take a victory lap over the next few weeks, touting a string of administration wins in the runup to the November midterm election
The blitz comes amid worries about how Democratic candidates will perform in the midterms, which will decide control of Congress. Much of the travel is focused on states with competitive congressional contests.
TRAVEL BY CABINET SECRETARIES
On August 17, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will participate in a roundtable discussion with agricultural stakeholders on the Inflation Reduction Act in Grand Junction, CO with Sen. Mike Bennet (D-CO).
On August 17, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra will travel to Southern New Mexico for an event with Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) that will highlight how the Inflation Reduction Act will lower prescription drug costs for Americans.
On August 17, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will be in Central California to meet with federal, state and local leaders, visit with farmers and water users, and hold a media availability to highlight Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act investments in drought resilience. Rep. Costa (D-CA) will join.
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will give remarks at a variety of Labor conferences in August, including ones in New Jersey, and Michigan, and Illinois. While there, he will highlight the millions of clean energy jobs that will be created with prevailing and registered apprenticeship requirements via the IRA’s clean energy tax credits.
But the Inflation Reduction Act, which contains healthcare and climate provisions, has raised questions about whether it will really lower the inflation rate.
The Congressional Budget Office found that ‘enacting the bill would have a negligible effect on inflation.’ The University of Pennsylvania found ‘the impact on inflation is statistically indistinguishable from zero.’
The Inflation Reduction Act will lower the deficit by an estimated $300 billion over the next decade and some argue a lower deficit means lower inflation.
Jason Furman, who was an economic adviser to President Barack Obama, wrote in The Wall Street Journal: ‘Deficit reduction is almost always inflation-reducing.’
An Associated Press fact check found that ‘in theory, lower deficits can reduce inflation. That’s because lower government spending or higher taxes, which help shrink the deficit, reduce demand in the economy, thereby easing pressure on companies to raise prices.’
The Inflation Reduction Act, with a total of $437 billion in spending, could see some households find savings as it reduces the cost of prescription drugs for the elderly, extends health insurance subsidies and reduces energy prices.
Biden will formally sign the bill in the law on Tuesday, when he returns from a week-long vacation in Kiawah Island off the coast of South Carolina.
The president, in the next few weeks, will host a cabinet meeting at the White House. His officials will hold briefings with various local officials such as governors and mayors.
Biden will hit the road himself, as will Vice President Kamala Harris.
The president will attend a groundbreaking at Intel in Ohio and make stops in Pennyslvania – although dates were not given.
The two will tout their administration’s victories and slam ‘extreme MAGA’ Republicans in an all-out push to turn the midterm election into a Democratic victory.
The White House announced the plans last week.
The messaging memo, from White House communications director Kate Bedingfield and senior adviser Anita Dunn, made their strategy clear – attack Republicans for their ties to Donald Trump and defend Biden’s economic record, which voters give him low marks for.
‘The President and Congressional Democrats beat the special interests and delivered what was best for the American people. Every step of the way, Congressional Republicans sided with the special interests — pushing an extreme MAGA agenda that costs families,’ the memo says.
‘After the President signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law, the President, Vice President, and Cabinet will travel across the country with this message.’
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (left) and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra (right) are among the Cabinet officials taking part in the Building A Better America Tour, where Cabinet members will travel to 23 states on over 35 trips
Biden’s approval rating rose to its highest level in two months in a Reuters-Ipsos poll released on Tuesday, up 2 points to 40 per cent. It had been down in the 30s amid voter frustration with the highest inflation in 40 years, which caused prices of gas, food and housing to spike.
Republicans, meanwhile, are touting a series of internal polls that show the several competitive House races are moving their way and the GOP is favored to win back control of the lower chamber. But the Senate is tougher slog for Republicans and could remain in Democratic hands.
And the FiveThirtyEight’s polling average for the generic ballot in the 2022 election has Democrats an Republicans essentially tied at 43.8% to 43.4%.