On Monday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris visited Philadelphia to discuss the economic gains the city has made and to announce a $500 million investment in water infrastructure upgrades and lead service removal.
The visit was part of a larger effort by the Biden-Harris administration to reach out to voters in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the 2020 election, and to hone their message ahead of the 2024 election.
The two officials addressed a crowd of supporters in the city and discussed the importance of investing in infrastructure, which they said would create jobs, improve public health, and help the city’s economy.
The $500 million investment will go toward replacing old water pipes, improving water quality, and removing lead service lines, which have been linked to health problems.
The Biden-Harris administration also unveiled plans to invest $2 trillion in infrastructure over the next four years, which they said would create millions of jobs and help the country recover from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The visit to Philadelphia was the latest in a series of stops the presidential duo has made across the country since taking office in January. The two have also visited cities in Michigan, Arizona, and Florida to discuss their plans for the economy and to rally support for their agenda.
The visit to Philadelphia is likely to be remembered as a key moment in the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to build support for their 2024 re-election campaign.