Jill Biden brings Joe Manchin on West Virginia trip with Jennifer Garner #englishheadline
Jill Biden joins White House effort to woo powerhouse Dem Senator Joe Manchin, inviting him to join her and Jennifer Garner on West Virginia trip
- Jill Biden is joining White House efforts to woo Democratic Senator Joe Manchin
- Manchin wields much power in Senate and President Biden needs his vote to pass his jobs plan and his families plan
- Senator will join first lady on her trip to West Virginia on Thursday
- Actress Jennifer Garner, a West Virginia native, will also be there
- Manchin will fly from DC to West Virginia with Biden on her plane
- Joe Biden heavily courting moderates like Manchin for their vote
Manchin, a moderate senator, is a key vote for Democrats in the 50-50 Senate. President Joe Biden will need his support on his two massive legislative packages – his $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan – with its focus on infrastructure – and his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan with its focus on social programs.
The senator will join Dr. Biden and Garner on Thursday when they visit a vaccination center and deliver remarks at Capital High School in Charleston, W.Va.
Manchin will fly from Washington D.C. to his home state with Biden, the first lady’s office announced on Wednesday.
Jill Biden is joining White House efforts to woo Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, bringing him on her plane for her trip to West Virginia on Thursday
Actress Jennifer Garner, a West Virginia native, will also be on the trip; above Garner is seen with Senator Joe Manchin at the ribbon cutting at The Greenbrier for the gala opening of the Casino Club on July 2, 2010
The trio also was originally scheduled to visit Arnoldsburg Elementary School in Clay County but that portion of the trip was canceled because of COVID-19 quarantine in the school district.
Garner grew up in Charleston and she has previously testified before Congress in support of education programs for preschoolers in poverty.
The actress was originally scheduled to travel with Dr. Biden to Alabama last month, to promote the administration’s COVID relief efforts for early childhood education, but that trip was scrapped because of severe weather.
Biden and Garner have also worked together as board members on the Save the Children charity organization.
Garner campaigned for Joe Biden in last year’s election, hosting an event on Instagram with Jill Biden.
Jennifer Garner and Jill Biden have worked together on the board for Save the children – above Dr. Biden, Bvlgari Group CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, Joe Biden, and Garner attend the 5th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on October 18, 2017 in New York City
Jennifer Garner also has testified before Congress on education issues – above she speaks about high-quality, early-childhood education at a event on Capitol Hill last year
President Biden is also wooing moderate Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. He hosted both Sinema and Manchin at the White House for separate meetings this week.
Manchin told reporters his hour-long conversation with the president was ‘encompassing.’
‘We talked about everything, we really did. It was a great conversation,’ he said.
Given the evenly split Senate, Biden can’t afford to lose a single Democratic vote on his massive spending packages. By meeting with Manchin and Sinema, he’s giving them a voice and a chance to influence what ends up in the final legislative package.
The trip with the first lady sweetens the deal for Manchin. The trip will likely receive heavy media coverage in the state.