Biden cancels trip to Chicago: White House
WASHINGTON — With his domestic agenda in jeopardy, President Joe Biden canceled his visit to Chicago on Wednesday to stay in the White House to negotiate with Democratic lawmakers who have differences within their ranks.
In Chicago, Biden was highlighting his mandate for all companies with more than 100 workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Politico West Wing Playbook, Biden was going to visit Claico, a construction company owned by Bob Clark, a major Democratic fundraiser. Clark is close to former President Barack Obama and fundraiser for Biden’s 2020 campaign.
Biden was also to salute United Airlines, which is also headquartered in Chicago, for its mandatory vaccination program.
Biden’s cancellation came late Tuesday afternoon, just hours after White House officials continued to plan a visit to Chicago.
A White House official said: “In meetings and calls over the weekend and into today, President Biden has been interacting with members of Congress on the way forward for the Rebuilding Better Act and a bipartisan infrastructure agreement. He will now remain in the White House tomorrow to continue work on Develop these two legislations to create jobs, grow the economy, and make investments in families, rather than the failed endowments of rich and large corporations.
“There will be more at his engagement over the next two days, and the trip to Chicago will be rescheduled to discuss the continued importance of vaccinating people.”
Democrats disagree about the size of the $3.5 trillion package stuffed with nearly every domestic policy initiative of Biden — being held hostage, meaning a $1 trillion infrastructure package on which there is broad agreement.