IN THE STATES: President Biden & VP Harris Champion Our Freedoms While Trump Wages War on Them

On Monday, President Biden traveled to Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina to emphasize the stakes of this election, as Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans assault American democracy, rip away freedoms, and double down on threats of political violence.

  • In South Carolina: Post and Courier: ‘In Charleston, you know the power of truth,’ Biden says in denouncing Trump, Jan. 6 lies
  • In South Carolina: NC Newsline: Biden evokes history at campaign rally in Charleston
  • In South Carolina: WCIV: President Biden speaks at Mother Emanuel AME Church, Cogswell’s swearing in as Charleston mayor: WATCH
  • In South Carolina: WCBD: The importance of President Biden’s visit to Charleston
  • In South Carolina: WCBD: Charleston church shooting survivor reflects on President Biden’s visit

In Allentown, Pennsylvania, President Biden stopped by small businesses to highlight his Investing in America agenda that has strengthened local communities by providing good-paying jobs, raising wages, and creating a small business boom across the country.

  • In Pennsylvania: The Keystone: Biden touts Allentown’s comeback, funding for local projects
  • In Pennsylvania: Lehigh Valley News: UPDATE: Biden visits Allentown Fire Training Academy after 2-hour Emmaus tour
  • In Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Post-Gazette: Biden highlights his economic record on second trip to Pennsylvania this month
  • In Pennsylvania: Politics PA: President Biden Visits Small Businesses in Brief Stop in Lehigh Valley

Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced that federal student debt will be wiped out for certain borrowers who are enrolled in SAVE, the new income-driven repayment plan, who received less than $12,000 in federal loans and have been paying off their balances for at least 10 years. This is just the latest action from President Biden, who is committed to giving borrowers breathing room and providing relief to as many borrowers as possible.

  • In Georgia: Marietta Daily Journal: Here’s who qualifies for Biden’s student loan debt relief starting next month
  • In New Jersey: Student loan forgiveness: Cancellations set to begin 5 months early, starting next month
  • In Virginia: WHEE: Education Department to roll out another pathway to student loan debt relief in February

On Tuesday, Vice President Harris championed voting rights and the administration’s dedication to safeguarding our democracy in the wake of attacks from Trump and MAGA Republicans in Atlanta, Georgia. 

  • In Georgia: Georgia Recorder: VP Kamala Harris calls Georgia ‘ground zero’ for voting rights in 2024 election season
  • In Georgia: Atlanta Journal-Constitution: VP Harris visits ‘ground zero’ for voting rights battle in Atlanta
  • In Georgia: WSB-TV: Vice President Harris attends voting rights roundtable in Atlanta
  • In Georgia: Fox 5 Atlanta: VP Kamala Harris visits Atlanta Tuesday to discuss voting rights

The following day, Vice President Harris visited Eastway Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina with Secretary Miguel Cardona to host a roundtable discussion on gun violence reduction and announce $285 million in funding for mental health resources in schools.

  • In North Carolina: The Charlotte Observer: VP Kamala Harris announces $285M for mental health in schools. Here’s how much NC gets
  • In North Carolina: WCNC : ‘We need to do better’ | Kamala Harris, US Education Secretary respond to WCNC Charlotte investigation into delayed school safety grants
  • In North Carolina: WBTV: VP Harris announces funding for mental health counselors during Charlotte stop
  • In North Carolina: WTVD: New funding could help address statewide shortage of school counselors
  • In North Carolina: WCCB: Vice President Kamala Harris Visited Charlotte To Discuss Ways To Reduce Gun Violence
  • In North Carolina: Queen City News: NC to receive $12M for mental health resources in schools, VP Harris says

Bidenomics continues to boost the daily lives of Americans by rebuilding our infrastructure and making transportation easier for Americans and better for the environment.  

  • In California: KQED: How Newsom’s $291 Billion Spending Plan Aims to Tackle California’s Formidable Budget Shortfall 
  • In Connecticut: Connecticut Public Radio: White House officials urge CT leaders to help sell Biden policies 
  • In Delaware: WBOC: Delaware to Solicit Water Quality Improvement Projects With Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding
  • In Idaho: KIVI: Idaho to receive $6.2 Million in grants to continue building out electric vehicle charging network
  • In Kansas: Flatland KC: Kansas City Tapping Massive Vein of Sustainability Funding
  • In Massachusetts: The Salem News: Infrastructure law pumps billions into fixing Mass. roads, bridges 
  • In Massachusetts: CBS Boston: TVs, cars and gas are getting cheaper, Janet Yellen says in Boston
  • In Missouri: ABC17: Biden administration awards funding for 44 electric vehicle chargers in Columbia 
  • In New Hampshire: WMUR: White House advisor Tom Perez touts infrastructure law in NH
  • In Ohio: Amtrak expansion in Ohio: What comes next, and how soon might we be taking the train to Columbus? 
  • In Ohio: Federal grant will buy 10 electric school buses for Euclid schools 
  • In Pennsylvania: Observer-Reporter: New hydrogen hubs will transform Pennsylvania 
  • In South Dakota: Rapid City Journal: BIA allocates $12M toward fixing high-risk Oglala Dam
  • In Florida: Bay News 9: WH announces $623 million to build out EV charging network

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has spent the past week mocking the late Senator and American war hero John McCain and rooting for the economy to crash, which would devastate millions of hardworking families. 

  • In Arizona: Arizona Republic: Trump rekindles his rage against John McCain, taunting over POW’s broken limbs
  • In Arizona:  Arizona Republic: Trump’s taunt of John McCain reads like trouble for Kari Lake
  • In Wisconsin: WisPolitics: WisDems: Blast Trump’s calls for economy to crash

At the same time, women across the country faced an onslaught of attacks on their freedoms as they face threats on their reproductive rights – only made possible because of Donald Trump.

  • In Florida: Florida Phoenix: Virtually all abortions would be illegal in Florida under new proposal filed by a House Republican
  • In New Hampshire: WMUR: Constitutional protections for abortion, ban after 15 days discussed in Concord
  • In Kansas: Kansas Reflector: House GOP lawmakers introduce bill imposing near-total ban on abortion in Kansas