Legislative records | Biden Highlights Legislative Success as Election Season Closes

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Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden finished the summer with a legislative winning streak, claiming achievements that had previously seemed impossible in this bitterly divided city. He now wants to ensure that when voters cast their ballots in November's significant congressional elections, they reward him for it.


With gas and food costs still excruciatingly high, controversial investigations into his predecessor, and fallout from the Supreme Court's abortion decision in the states, it's a difficult challenge.


The White House is ramping up its effort to support new laws aimed at reviving the economy and assisting consumers directly, while also boosting important computer chip production, bringing down the cost of prescription drugs, promoting clean energy, and upgrading the nation's infrastructure.


In a meeting with his Cabinet on Tuesday, Biden claimed that the passage of "amazing portions of our economic program" and "evidence that democracy can deliver for the people" were accomplishments of his administration.

His travel plans are filling up with stops in competitive states where Democrats and Republicans are in a tight race, including Ohio on Friday and Michigan the next week. Additionally, his government is implementing plans to disperse hundreds of billions of dollars that have been made possible by laws he has enacted.


John Podesta, a seasoned member of Democratic administrations, was chosen by the president to oversee the $375 billion plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. The funds are part of a substantial package, known as the Inflation Reduction Act by the White House, which also lowers the price of prescription pharmaceuticals and raises new tax revenue to lower the deficit.


Bill Clinton's domestic policy adviser William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said in an interview that "people believe that the legislative victories are important when they can feel them or see them."


As part of a new law known as the CHIPS and Science Act, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo declared on Tuesday that the administration is planning to distribute $50 billion in federal help to the computer chip business. She added businesses can submit applications by February, and the funds will be given following that.


At a White House briefing, Raimondo stated, "With this money, we're going to make sure the United States is never again in a position where our national security interests are jeopardized or vital sectors are immobilized because we can't create essential chips here at home."


Many insurances won't start paying out until months or even years from now. New bridges must be planned, regulations must be developed, and grant applications must be submitted and reviewed.


However, Biden is taking advantage of each chance to assert that the legislation is already having an effect. He will travel to Ohio on Friday to attend the opening of Intel's new chip facility, which Biden referred to as "the biggest investment of its sort ever in our country."

Despite the factory's earlier this year announcement, the firm said in June that it would be delayed since the CHIPS Act had not yet been approved by Congress.


He stated on Tuesday, "We're finally bringing jobs home that had been overseas for a while."


Biden will be joined at the event by Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat running against Republican J.D. Vance for the open U.S. Senate seat left by Sen. Sherrod Brown.


On September 14, Biden will return to the Detroit Auto Show to discuss domestic production of electric vehicles to combine lofty emission-reduction targets with job-creation pledges.

He included incentives for electric car purchases in his sizable Inflation Reduction Act, however, many automobiles won't be eligible since the batteries in the cars must be made in North America from materials that were mined or recovered here.


Biden was able to dispel the growing myth that Democrats were unable to make many significant advancements while holding the White House and both chambers of Congress this summer thanks to their legislative successes. Even after he signed the Inflation Reduction Act last month, the president intends to have yet another celebration.

However, it could be challenging to keep voters' attention. Despite low unemployment and rising wages, prices are still high and are eating away at people's wallets.


"The accomplishments are tremendous compared to where the administration was at the beginning of 2022, and several of them were completed against the odds," Galston said. That said, I still think that actual conditions, as experienced by voters and citizens, have a considerably greater impact on voting behavior than lists of legislative triumphs.


To increase Democratic turnout in November, Biden has also been advocating for other causes. In a speech last Thursday in Philadelphia, he referred to Donald Trump as a danger to democracy and highlighted the rise of abortion restrictions in Republican-led states. The Supreme Court's decision to reverse Roe v. Wade, the significant 1973 decision that legalized abortion worldwide, led to the implementation of the new regulations.



Biden's approval rating has been rising at the same time. His approval rating increased to 44% in the most recent Gallup survey from his lowest point of 38% in July.

These are hardly encouraging figures, "says Galston. "He isn't sinking or drowning, at least. And there's a chance that soon, his nostrils will be above the water line.


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