President Biden was set to appear at the Democratic National Committee gathering Friday in Philadelphia to give a speech highlighting his Administration’s accomplishments.
While Biden has not yet announced a run for reelection, his speech to the DNC is expected to include the themes of any such campaign, including job creation and stimulating domestic manufacturing.
Ahead of his DNC speech, Biden, accompanied by Vice President Harris, were scheduled to visit the Belmont Water Treatment Plant and announce $500 million for water upgrades and lead service removal in Philadelphia, made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Law that Biden signed in November 2021.
Following a new partnership last week between the EPA and U.S. states to help communities access funds for lead service line removal and replacement, the Belmont plant will receive $160 million from the Infrastructure law’s funding and a $340 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation loan from the EPA.
The DNC, meanwhile, says Biden’s speech to Democrats will highlight how Republicans are seeking to undermine the progress he believes he has made during his first two years.
The DNC is also set to vote on an overhauled primary elections calendar that would place South Carolina first in the rotation—at Biden’s urging. This has caused some backlash in a few states, in particular the historically-first primary state of New Hampshire, but Georgia and Michigan also face issues with shifting their calendars.
However, a new calendar would be largely moot, at least for 2024, if Biden does run again and reduces the chance of a major Democratic primary challenger.
Biden’s speech before the DNC will come just days before the State of the Union address on February 7.
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