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Biden set for first Pacific Northwest trip since election

UPDATED: Wed., April 20, 2022

President Joe Biden waves to members of the press as he walks to a motorcade vehicle after stepping off Air Force One on Tuesday at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.  (Patrick Semansky)
President Joe Biden waves to members of the press as he walks to a motorcade vehicle after stepping off Air Force One on Tuesday at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Patrick Semansky)
By Chris Megerian Associated Press

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is stretching his legs this week with a rare overnight visit to the Pacific Northwest, heading to Portland, Oregon, and Seattle.

The trip is part of an expanded travel schedule ahead of the November elections as Biden tries to demonstrate that he has made progress on his agenda while also prodding Congress to do more.

As with most of Biden’s recent trips, new spending on infrastructure will be a centerpiece.

The White House said he plans to visit Portland’s airport on Thursday to talk about investing in a runway that can withstand earthquakes.

Biden is expected to reaffirm his calls for Congress to pass legislation to lower prescription drug prices, as well as highlighting executive actions such as extending the freeze on student loan payments and tweaking the Affordable Care Act.

There will be politics on Biden’s agenda, too. He plans to participate in a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee while in Portland.

Biden is set to spend Thursday night and Friday in Seattle, where he plans to talk about limiting price increases and will observe Earth Day.

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