Biden and other administration officials have been going to Republican-controlled congressional districts to promote the White House’s Invest in America agenda: the American Bailout Plan, the Cut Inflation Act, the infrastructure bill bipartisan and the CHIPS and Science Act. The administration hopes to demonstrate that the laws have spurred job growth, domestic manufacturing and economic development, while reminding the public that Republicans largely opposed the measures.
A White House spokesman declined to provide further details about Georgia’s inauguration.
“President Biden looks forward to showing how Bidenomics is creating good-paying manufacturing jobs in Georgia,” Andrew Bates said. “Bidenomics is focused on growing the middle class and is driving the largest manufacturing increase in decades. Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are trying to repeal many of the policies that are fueling the manufacturing resurgence so they can cut taxes on the rich.”
Solar panel maker Qcells, owned by South Korea-based Hanwha Solutions, announced in January that it was planning a $2.5 billion expansion of its Georgia manufacturing facility, which could represent the largest investment ever in solar panels. this type of manufacturing in the USA. according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He planned to expand his Dalton facility and open another northwest of Atlanta.
Biden appeared Thursday at Flex, a manufacturing company in West Columbia, South Carolina. Last week, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited the same site, as well as four other GOP-controlled districts, during a road trip through the South. A handful of other cabinet officials have visited Republican districts in recent days.
Biden said companies have announced $11 billion in clean energy manufacturing investments in South Carolina since the Cut Inflation Act and the Chips and Science Act were signed into law.
“That’s why I fought so hard for the things I wanted to do. I didn’t get a lot of help from the other team, but that didn’t stop us from doing it,” he told the crowd.
Biden listed many of the state Republican delegation’s oppositions to the bills “that brought in all these jobs.” He praised Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) for supporting the bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the Chips and Science Act, “but he wishes he would have voted for the rest.”
The president also criticized Republicans such as Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, who later announced funding related to the law they had voted against.
“The implementation of this legislation also has another transformative impact: every member of Congress who voted against it suddenly realizes how great it is. And they are bragging about it. As my mother would say, ‘God loves you,’” Biden said.
Bates said Wilson was aware of Thursday’s visit, though the lawmaker, in a statement, said he was “surprised” to learn of the trip on Wednesday.