In early August, the administration activated the wartime provision to increase the supply of firehoses for U.S. Forest Service. This was done by reducing supply chain problems that affected the agency's primary supplier of firehoses. It marks the second use of the wartime law, after the president used it to boost vaccine supplies, and the administration had not previously announced it publicly.
NewView Oklahoma, a nonprofit based in Oklahoma City, helped to obtain the supplies needed to produce and ship 415 mile of firehoses. Biden was planning to highlight the move in broader remarks about the work of his administration to combat another destructive wildfire season in the west U.S.
He was scheduled to deliver remarks Monday at the National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, Idaho. Then he will travel to Sacramento, California to survey wildfire damage. The president will end the day in Long Beach, where he'll host an election-eve party with California Democratic Governor. Gavin Newsom will be facing a recall vote on Tuesday.
Biden's west visit is intended to drum up support for his $3.5 trillion spending plan. It links it to fighting wildfires and improving social programs.
Biden will be making a two-day stop in Colorado on Tuesday as part of his attempt to make Americans understand the connection between increasing wildfires in West and other extreme weather events across the country. He also wants to highlight the need for billions of dollars to combat climate change as well as to expand the social safety net.
His Monday pitch in California is his eleventh hour pitch, the day before California voters go to the polls to decide whether or not to recall Newsom. The vote will then be cast to replace him with Republican talk-show host Larry Elder. Elder is seen as the leading GOP option to Newsom or any of the other candidates on the ballot.
After a month of difficult circumstances, the White House is now trying to turn the page. This was after a turbulent and violent withdrawal from Afghanistan. The surging delta variant also disrupted what the president had hoped would be a summer when the country was finally free from the coronavirus.
Biden admitted that his polling numbers had dropped in recent weeks but maintained that his agenda was "overwhelmingly popular" among Americans. Biden stated that he anticipates his Republican rivals to seek to attack him, rather than debating the merits of his spending plans.
Biden said to reporters that he expected to face "a lot more direct attacks against me" than what he was for. "I'm a big guy. This has been my passion for a long time.
Biden must overcome the skeptical views of two centrist Democrats in the tightly divided Senate, in addition to Republican opposition. Sens. Senators.
Biden's budget includes climate provisions that include tax incentives and investments in clean energy and electric cars, as well as tax incentives and investments to shift the economy away fossil fuels toward renewable sources like wind power and solar power.
To promote his economic agenda, the president will be heading to Denver Tuesday.
Biden will use his stop in Idaho to show that he is willing to make investments to address the climate crisis. Idaho was a state that he lost by over 30 percentage points last year. California and Idaho have witnessed wildfire season become a year-round problem.
The Biden administration in June laid out a strategy to deal with the growing wildfire threat, which included hiring more federal firefighters and implementing new technologies to detect and address fires quickly. The president approved a California disaster declaration, which provided federal aid to counties that were affected by the Dixie Fire and River Fires. He issued another disaster declaration for California, this time targeting areas affected by the Caldor Fire just before Monday's visit.
Biden recently visited New York, New Jersey, and Louisiana to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Ida. Biden declared that it was a "code-red" time for the country to take action on climate change during a visit in a New York City neighborhood affected by Ida.
During his New York visit, he stated that "Folks the evidence is clear: climate change poses an existential risk to our lives and to our economy." The threat is real and it won't get worse. It begs the question, "Can it get any worse?" It can be stopped from getting worse.