Joe Biden, the President of the United States, decided to promote his government’s use of the Defense Production Act to help in wildfire preparation during a western swing in which the president will survey the wildfire damage in California and Idaho. As a result, the government activated the wartime delivery in early August to speed up the supply of fire hoses for the United States Forest Service by helping to facilitate supply chain problems affecting the primary firehouse supplier of the agency.
Biden’s decision marks the second use of the wartime law, after he used it to lift coronavirus vaccine supplies, and previously the government hadn’t announced it publicly. The Defense Production Act helped NewView Oklahoma, an Oklahoma City nonprofit, which delivers the bulks of the hoses of the American Forest Service, obtain required supplies to make and ship four hundred and fifteen miles of firehouses.
Furthermore, the president decided to showcase the initiative as part of wider comments on the work done by his government to combat another shocking wildfire season all over the western United States. During his Monday visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Biden planned to deliver his remarks, and afterward, he traveled to Sacramento, California, to examine the damage of wildfire. The president will end the day in Long Beach for an election-eve ceremony with Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom of California, who faces a recall vote tomorrow.
-President heads to California today to campaign for Gov. Newsom ahead of a recall vote that could remove him from office
-Biden will use Defense Production Act to help with wildfire preparedness (he’ll also survey damage in CA and ID)
— West Wing Reports (by Paul Brandus) (@WestWingReport) September 13, 2021
U.S. President Aimed to Made Support for $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan
The western visit of Biden aimed mainly to gather support for his huge $3.5 trillion spending plan by associating it to beat back wildfires and upgrade social programs. During the two-day visit, which includes a break in Colorado on Tuesday, the president is looking to link the dots for American nationals between the growing frequency of wildfires in the West in addition to other extreme weather happenings across the country and the need to invest billions of dollars in battling the climate crisis besides in a huge expansion of the social safety net.
Biden’s 11th-hour pitch Monday in California comes one day before voters cast their vote whether to recall the governor or replace him with a Republican one, the talk-show host Larry Elder. Moreover, the White House is making efforts to get better after a difficult month consumed by violent and chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the growing delta COVID-19 variant overturning what Biden hoped would mark a summer in which the country ultimately freed from the coronavirus.
Over the weekend, the president acknowledged that his polling numbers dropped in the last some weeks but claimed his agenda is overwhelmingly popular with the U.S. nationals. Biden said he expects his Republican rivals will seek to attack him instead of arguing with him on the advantages of his spending package. On Saturday, Biden told reporters that you are going to see several direct attacks on him.
Along with the Republican opposition, the president still needs to overcome the uncertainty of two key centrist Democratic leaders in the closely divided Senate. Senator Krysten Sinema of Arizona and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia expressed their concerns about the size of the $3.5 trillion spending plan.
What will Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending package include?
The climate provisions in the president’s budget include tax incentives for electric vehicles and clean energy, investments to changing the economy away from fossil fuels, and many influential renewable sources like solar and wind power and the production of civilian climate corps. In addition, Biden was scheduled to visit Denver on Tuesday to continue to plug his economic agenda. Furthermore, the stop of the president in Idaho, a state he lost over by thirty percentage points last year, will offer the president a deep-red backdrop to argue that making investments to tackle and fight the climate crisis should be a priority over politics.
California and Idaho experienced wildfire season turn into a year-round scourge. In June, the Biden government laid out a strategy to cope with the surging wildfire threat, including hiring additional federal firefighters and executing innovative technologies to detect and combat fires instantly. Last month, Biden approved a disaster declaration for California to provide a federal relief package for the counties affected by the River and Dixie fires. Before his Monday visit, Biden issued another disaster for California aimed at areas affected by the Caldor Fire.