President Joe Biden will travel to Chicago on Wednesday to attend the 40th convention of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the White House announced Thursday.
Biden’s visit will be his first to the Chicago area since October, when he toured a construction site in Elk Grove Village at an event meant to promote his orders for large businesses to require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo to weekly tests.
In January, the Supreme Court blocked Biden’s order from going into effect, but allowed such a mandate for health care workers employed at facilities that receive federal funds.
Since his last visit, members of Biden’s cabinet have visited the Chicago area regularly in an effort to promote the Democratic president’s agenda, including a bipartisan infrastructure package that will benefit area roads and transit.
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The effort to hype the administration’s successes has increased in recent weeks amid the prospect of economic headwinds due to inflation and the possibility of Republicans retaking the US House of Representatives in the midterm elections. of November.
Just a day ago, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was in the area, including attending a ribbon cutting at a new transit center in Joliet, for Amtrak and Metra train service and Pace bus service.
The White House did not release further details about Biden’s visit.