Updated: Bidens head back to the White House as Senate passes infrastructure bill

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden departed from their Greenville home Tuesday morning after a long weekend in Delaware.

The Bidens had been in Delaware since Friday afternoon.

The President’s schedule listed a 10:25 a.m. departure from their home near Greenville, arriving at the White House about an hour later on the Marine One helicopter.

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Early Monday afternoon, Biden and  Vice President Kamala Harris are scheduled to deliver remarks on Senate passage of the  Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Later, on  Tuesday, Biden is slated to meet with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on the effects of Covid-19 on hurricane preparedness. States along the Gulf Coast are battling outbreaks of the virus and have struggled with low vaccination rates.

It remains unclear as to whether the Bidens will start or perhaps resume the traditional August presidential vacation. 

Last week, Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated that trips to Rehoboth Beach or the Presidential retreat at Camp David in the Maryland Mountains are possible with the president’s schedule remaining fluid.

This August is different, thanks to the lack of a  lengthy congressional recess.

The Bidens have been sensitive to the effect of their presence at their home just outside the beach town and have only paid one visit together since his inauguration.

Rehoboth is in the middle of its busy beach season. Visits outside their home create disruptions in the area. Rehoboth and Delaware beach areas would also be subject to air space restrictions.

The restrictions have led to criticism from businesses in neighboring Ocean City, MD, and its banner plane owners who pitch beachgoers on offerings at bars and restaurants.

Last week, signs pointed to a visit to Rehoboth However, they opted for an extended stay at their Greenville area home.

Politico reported that staying fairly close to the White House provides better “optics” for the President, whose predecessors were criticized for taking vacations at locations like Hawaii for former President Obama, former President Trump’s New Jersey country club, or George W. Busch’s Texas ranch.

 

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