President Joe Biden continues to focus his reelection pitch on the economy despite the wars being fought in Israel and Ukraine.
The president traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, one week ago to show solidarity with the Israeli people and caution Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to abide by the rules of war while pursuing Hamas terrorists in Gaza. However, that trip was bookended by large-scale economic announcements typical of the president’s last year in office.
BIDEN VACATIONS WHILE PRESSURE TO FREE HOSTAGES MOUNTS
Before departing for Israel, Biden announced during a speech in Philadelphia that the administration was awarding $7 billion in grants to stand up seven regional hydrogen hubs, a clean energy initiative nested in Biden’s landmark bipartisan infrastructure law.
And on Monday, the president designated 31 communities nationwide as “Regional Innovation and Technology Hubs.” Funded through the CHIPS and Science Act, these regions will seek research and develop technologies spanning semiconductors, biomanufacturing, and clean energy, according to the White House.
“These hubs all around the country will bring together private industry, higher education, state and local governments, tribes, and organized labor,” Biden said at Monday’s announcement. “The work they’re doing is transformational.”