President Biden arrived Thursday in Cleveland where he plans to make his case for more than $4 trillion in spending on infrastructure and improved social safety net spending, even as he continues sparring with Republicans in Washington over his proposals.
Mr. Biden is scheduled to tour the Cuyahoga Community College Manufacturing Technology Center in Cleveland and then deliver remarks on the economy at the college’s Metropolitan Campus. Aides said he plans to use the moment to pitch his $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan and his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan.
“He’s going to talk about why now is the right moment,” Karine Jean-Pierre, the deputy White House press secretary, said Wednesday. She said Mr. Biden will talk about the need to make “historic generational investments in the foundation of our economy’s strength through the Jobs Plan and the Families Plan.”
Aides said the president will use his remarks to directly confront Republicans about their opposition to raising taxes on businesses and the wealthy as a way of paying for the spending and investments that Democrats are pushing for.
In the speech, a White House official said, Mr. Biden will frame it as a choice between “giving breaks to corporations and C.E.O.’s” or putting “hundreds of thousands of people to work modernizing our infrastructure.”
On Friday, the president is expected to release a $6 trillion budget for the fiscal year 2022 that envisions large deficits throughout the next decade. In Ohio, Mr. Biden is also expected to argue that his administration has already begun to improve the nation’s economic health and output.
The community college in Cleveland is the location of the last campaign rally that Mr. Biden was scheduled to have as a presidential candidate in March of 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic forced him to cancel large rallies.
Aides said he decided to return to the location to underscore how far the country has come in the 14 months since then.
“He’ll talk about how far we’ve come as a country,” Ms. Jean-Pierre said, “because of the actions we’ve taken over the last four months turning the tide on the pandemic, creating 500,000 new jobs each month on average, cutting unemployment claims by more than a third, raising wages.”The argument about the impact of Mr. Biden’s policies on the economy is at the center of the fierce debate in Washington over the president’s proposals. Republicans argue that the president’s agenda is weakening the recovery and will hurt businesses by increasing taxes on businesses and high earners.