Now that former President Donald Trump's next impeachment trial is finished, President Joe Biden is working this week to shift attention back to his ambitious schedule, together with COVID-19 along with his $2 trillion relief bundle taking center stage.
As Biden continues to work to become at least a few Senate Republicans on boardon Tuesday he's taking his message out Washington and straight to the American public while making his first official trip as president.
On Tuesday evening, Biden will take part in a televised CNN town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before going to Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, where he's expected to tour a Pfizer manufacturing facility now generating the COVID-19 vaccine and also to meet with workers.
The visits will provide him his first chance to make his case for COVID-19 relief to everyday Americans since taking office and at two countries which were critical flips for him at the 2020 election, helping put him in the White House.
The states have been selected as they are emblematic of those struggles people across the country are facing in the midst of the pandemic and financial fallout, according to a White House official.
Biden's national push COVID relief also will come with a clock that is ticking.
Irrespective of the time crunch, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, one of Biden's closest allies in the Senate, expressed confidence Democrats will send to Biden's first large legislative drive, saying it has broad support beyond Washington.
"[I]f a month from today as unemployment checks are on the brink of stopping for ten thousand Americans, we can proceed with a Democrat-only charge. President Biden is uniting the American people, he is moving ahead with relief which has the support of three-quarters of the American people," Coons said on ABC's"This Week" Sunday.
Since Biden chooses his message directly to the American people, a White House official contended that if there's Republican support in the nation for the proposition, there should be support in Congress as well.
But while White House advisers say while the president remains dedicated to earning bipartisan support, he will not take the option of proceeding on a partisan foundation off the table.
"We have many Republican mayors, governors, we've got more than 50 percent of Republicans in this country. 46% of Trump supporters. There's just one place we do not have anyone who's signed on yet. That is from the United States Congress," Cedric Richmond, '' a White House senior advisor and manager of the Office of Public Engagement, said on CNN Monday.
"We're still working daily to see whether we could get Republican support for your plan.
Despite the Trump impeachment trial, Biden continued his efforts to strengthen bipartisan support because of his American Rescue program, holding meetings with both Democratic and Republican mayors and governors in the Oval Office on Friday, while House Democrats also pushed forward on the bill during the reconciliation process which would allow them to pass the step to a party-line vote given their slim majority in the Senate.
The government has also pushed ahead on containment efforts for the virus, even discharging fresh guidance from the middle for Disease Control and Prevention for reopening schools safely, declaring the procurement of enough vaccines doses to fully cover 300 million Americans by the end of July, and launching a special 3-month healthcare enrollment period on Healthcare.gov as the pandemic continues to surge, leaving many Americans from work.
In his statement on the launch of the registration period Monday, Biden said it had been"encouraging to see Congress moving quickly" to pass on the plan.
Biden can also be expected to address COVID-19 internationally this week, participate in a virtual meeting with leaders in the G-7 Friday which will include"an eye on a global result of the COVID pandemic, such as coordination on vaccine production, distribution, and provides, in addition to continued efforts to mobilize and collaborate against the danger of emerging infectious diseases by building country capacity and establishing wellbeing security financing," according to the White House.