Joe Biden to travel to Scranton, Pennsylvania
President Joe Biden meets virtually with governors, mayors, county officials and tribal leaders to discuss infrastructure in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. ( Photo by Adam Schultz)

On Wednesday, October 20, President Biden will go his hometown, Scranton, Pennsylvania. In an effort to rally public support for his infrastructure deal and
Build Back Better agenda, Biden will continue a series of travels across the United States. His trip to Scranton will mark Biden’s first visit as president to this important place of his childhood.

The White House is yet to release more information about the trip of Wednesday but what’s known so far is that the press will accompany the president.

Today, VP Kamala Harris is visiting Lake Mead in Nevada in the Biden administration coordinated effort to communicate the benefits of the Build Back Better Agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Lake Mead provides water to 25 million people in Nevada, Arizona, California, and Mexico. Yet this year, due to a climate change-fueled drought, Lake Mead hit its lowest level since the lake was created with the damming of the Colorado River in 1935. 

One of the main components of the Build Back Better Agenda and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal are investments in Climate Resilience.

  • The President’s FY22 Discretionary Request includes significant budget increases to enable incorporation of climate impacts into disaster planning and projects to ensure that the nation is rebuilding smarter and safer for the future.
  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal invests billions of dollars in climate resilience, including more than $8 billion to help western communities prepare for droughts, as part of the largest investment in the resilience of physical and natural systems in American history. 
  • These investments include $4.6 billion in aging infrastructure and rural water projects with $400 million to support the WaterSMART program and $2.15 billion for water conservation, recycling, and storage with $250 million for desalination studies and construction to build the nation’s drought resiliency as the West faces ongoing water shortages.


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