Today, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki offered additional details concerning President Joe Biden’s forthcoming trip to the Pacific Northwest, which begins tomorrow (Thursday, April, 21st) with a stop in Portland, Oregon and will end on Friday (April 22nd) after multiple events in Seattle, Washington.
At the daily White House press briefing, Psaki made public an initial list of supporting speakers at Biden’s official events and elaborated on the themes for each. Here’s a transcript of her comments at the top of the briefing:
As you know, the President is headed to the West Coast tomorrow, and I wanted to give you a quick preview of his first trip to Oregon and Washington. He will highlight the historic economic growth and nearly 8 million jobs created as a result of his and congressional Democrats’ actions, including the American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and his work to lower costs.
He will visit Portland International Airport tomorrow to highlight critical investments to ensure stronger, more resilient infrastructure, such as an earthquake-resilient runway at the Portland Airport, and to help lower costs on everyday items by ensuring goods can move faster and more efficiently.
Governor Kate Brown, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Congressman Kurt Schrader will join the President at the airport.
On Friday, he will mark Earth Day in Seattle, Washington, by speaking to the need to bolster our nation’s resilience in the face of threats like wildfire, and the need to rapidly deploy clean energy. He will be joined at the event by Governor Jay Inslee.
The President will also discuss how he is fighting to bring down prescription drug costs, such as insulin, where he will be joined by Governor Inslee, Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Congresswoman Kim Schrier.
The President will call on Congress to pass his plan to lower prescription drug prices and energy costs, but he’s not waiting for Congress to act. And he will highlight recent actions he’s taken to lower energy and healthcare costs, and give families more breathing room.
This will be Biden’s first visit as President to Washington and Oregon. Biden previously stopped in Idaho last year enroute to events in California.
After this week, the President will have set foot in each of the three states of the great Pacific Northwest. Also on Biden’s itinerary, according to Axios, are multiple DNC fundraisers, the details of which have not been publicly announced.
I remarked last Friday that it would be unlikely that Biden would appear in Seattle to talk about growing America’s clean energy economy without Governor Jay Inslee, who is one of the country’s best known climate action champions.
Today’s announcement by the White House confirms that Governor Inslee will indeed be on hand for Biden’s visit, as I had guessed. And so will Senators Murray and Cantwell plus Representative Kim Schrier, who is one of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s frontline members.
Murray and Schrier’s reelection campaigns are the Washington State Democratic Party’s top priority this year. Each has already won multiple campaigns against Republican opponents. Murray is 5–0 in U.S. Senate campaigns, while Schrier is 2–0 in U.S. House campaigns. (Murray and Schrier share the distinction of having each defeated perennial Republican candidate Dino Rossi in a federal-level race.)
While NPI’s research has consistently shown Murray to be ahead of her Republican opponent Tiffany Smiley, Schrier’s district, the 8th, is a tossup district that is rather evenly divided between Democratic and Republican voters. It’s not expected to be an easy hold for the Democratic Party.
We look forward to bringing you more details about President Biden’s trip to the Pacific Northwest here on the Cascadia Advocate in the hours to come.