President Joe Biden travels to the Cleveland area Thursday to tout $1 billion coming from a bipartisan infrastructure bill to clean up the Great Lakes waterways.
Like last week in Virginia, Biden travels to the current constituency of an endangered Democrat: Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a 40-year veteran of the House of Representatives. Kaptur plans to travel with Biden from Washington back to her county, her office told .
“She looked forward to meeting with President Biden in Ohio to talk about how the jobs and infrastructure bill will help create high-paying jobs throughout the region,” her spokesperson said.
The White House announced the dollar figure early Thursday morning, saying the money would be given to the Great Lakes Recovery Initiative, the government organization in charge of the cleanup.
“In particular, the main part of the funds will be used for the accelerated cleaning of the most important waterways and identified problem areas. [the Environmental Protection Agency] in the Great Lakes region,” a senior administration official said. “Unfortunately, the pollution and degradation of the Great Lakes and their surrounding waterways happened decades ago.”
On Thursday, President Joe Biden (R) will return to Ohio and visit the endangered Democratic House district Marcy Kaptur (L). Kaptur greeted Biden on the runway in Cleveland when he visited Ohio last May.
President Joe Biden’s trip to Ohio will be on the shores of Lake Erie, where he will discuss Greek Lake cleanup funds included in the bipartisan infrastructure bill. This January 2019 photo shows frozen Lake Erie against the Cleveland skyline.
EPA Administrator Michael Reagan will also make the trip.
Biden will perform at shipyards in Lorain, Ohio, located near Lake Erie on the Black River.
A warehouse turned event center with Biden-style railroad tracks running through should serve as an example of what’s possible.
“These accelerated cleanup and restoration efforts will bring environmental, health and recreational benefits to communities across the region,” the official said. “It will also help revive the economy in these communities, as is happening on the Black River boardwalk in Lorain.”
The Great Lakes region stretches from Duluth, Minnesota in the west to Buffalo, New York in the northeast.
“One study found that for every dollar we spend on cleaning up the Great Lakes, three to four dollars in economic activity is generated,” the White House official added.
The Verfey complex has a restaurant, a cocktail bar and a café, as well as a venue for events.
About half of Ohio’s Lake Erie shoreline is part of the Captura area.
Her chances of re-election have not yet been calculated due to the fact that Ohio has not completed its redistricting.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the first two bills proposed by the Ohio Redistricting Committee were unconstitutional because Ohio voters approved anti-fraud reforms several years ago.
The Kaptur area was made more rural on the original maps, allowing it to become Republican.
While the committee is due to produce a new map by the end of the week, the Congressional Democratic Campaign Committee is already offering help to Kaptur, adding her to a “frontline” list of vulnerable officials in late January, NBC News reported.
Overall, Ohio has become a more politically challenging place for Democrats in recent years.
After Ohio played a key role in the re-election of Republican President George W. Bush in 2004, Democrat Barack Obama, along with Biden, flipped the state in 2008 and again defeated Senator Mitt Romney in 2012.
However, Democratic support has been dwindling: Obama and Biden won by 4.6 points in 2008, but four years later that margin has dropped to less than 3 points.
Then, in 2016, former President Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by 8 points.
Four years later, Trump won the state from Biden by almost the same percentage.
Ohio has not had a Democratic governor since 2011, although Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has served since 2007.
Another Senate seat is up for grabs, with Republican Senator Rob Portman resigning a year later.
While Cooke’s Political Report places a “skinny Republican” in the spotlight, the GOP is poised to have a much more erratic primary than the Democrats, who are likely to pick moderate Rep. Tim Ryan as their choice, which has a nationwide profile due to for a brief presidential run.
Politico reported this week that former President Donald Trump wants to remove one of the Republican candidates, State Senator Matt Dolan, whose billionaire family owns the recently renamed Cleveland Guardians club.
Dolan criticized Trump on January 6 during the attack on the Capitol.
Trump ridiculed the Dolan family for changing the name of the baseball team to be politically correct.
The ex-president’s problem is that four more Republican candidates are fighting for his location.
The most famous author of the Hillbilly Elegy, JD Vance, criticized Trump in the 2016 series.
Another candidate, former Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken, initially supported Ohio Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to impeach Trump a second time.
Trump was so angry with Gonzalez’s vote that his first rally of 2021 was held in a congressional district outside of Cleveland to support former aide Max Miller to take the Republican seat.
Gonzalez decided not to run for re-election.
Former state treasurer Josh Mandel and investment banker Mike Gibbons are also up for the Republican Senate nomination.
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