CLEVELAND (WJW) — President Joe Biden has left Cleveland after arriving Wednesday afternoon to speak about assistance to working families under the American Rescue Plan.
During his speech, Biden was joined by union workers and retirees, along with multiple politicians including Sen. Sherrod Brown and Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, at Max S. Hayes High School on Cleveland’s west side.
Before getting down to business, Biden addressed the Akron police shooting of Jayland Walker.
“The Justice Department and Civil Rights Division of the FBI field office in Akron, Ohio, and the local U.S. Attorneys Office are closely monitoring and reviewing what happened,” Biden said. “The FBI continues to coordinate with state and local partners to provide resources and specialized skills. If the evidence reveals the potential violation of criminal statutes, the justice department will take the appropriate action and I just wanted you to know what’s going to happen.”
Moving on to the reason he was in the building, Biden, who had left Washington just before 1 p.m., said he was keeping a promise in securing pensions for many workers (retired and otherwise) across the country with the American Rescue Plan, explaining he’s been a union supporter his whole career.
“A lot of politicians like to talk about how they’re going to do something about it,” Biden said. “Well, I’m here today to say we’ve done something about it.”
The American Rescue Plan’s Special Financial Assistance Program blocked benefit huge cuts to millions of workers under multiemployer pension plans.
Before the American Rescue Plan, workers and retirees participating in more than 200 multiemployer pension plans faced losing their full benefits. Find out more about the American Rescue Plan’s Special Financial Assistance Program right here.
In response to Biden’s visit, Republican Party of Cuyahoga County Chairman Lisa M. Stickan released a statement:
“Joe Biden has much to answer for regarding his failed policies- including skyrocketing inflation and soaring gas prices. Interesting that 2020 Biden campaign surrogates Tim Ryan and Nan Whaley are avoiding this visit despite their full support of these very same Biden policies which have negatively impacted Ohio families.”