HHS Secretary Becerra, Treasury Secretary Yellen Traveling to Georgia This Week to Uplift Build Back Better Agenda

August 2, 2021

This week, the Biden-Harris administration is continuing to promote the Build Back Better agenda directly to Georgians with visits from Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra today and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen later this week. These trips come after Education Secretary Miguel Cardona traveled to Georgia two weeks ago to discuss school relief from the American Rescue Plan at Kelley Lake Elementary in DeKalb County.

“Georgians are excited to welcome Secretaries Becerra and Yellen to Georgia this week as the Biden-Harris administration continues to discuss the critical investments they are making to help us fully recover from the pandemic and build Georgia back better,” Rhyan Lake, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Georgia, said. “Thanks to President Biden, Senators Warnock and Ossoff, and Georgia Democrats, the American Rescue Plan has put the Peach State on the road to recovery. Now, as we continue to rebuild from the pandemic, it’s time for both sides of the aisle in Washington to come together and make investments in Georgia’s future by passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.”

Read more about Secretaries Becerra and Yellen’s visits from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is set to travel to Atlanta on Wednesday to promote President Joe Biden’s economic agenda and rally support for the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package.
  • Yellen plans to join Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at an event to tout the transportation measure and will meet with local business executives to discuss their ideas for bolstering the economy. She’ll also visit the Latin American Association Atlanta Outreach Center to talk about the expanded child tax credit.
  • It’s Yellen’s first official domestic trip since she joined the Cabinet, and it’s the latest in a sweep of visits by Biden administration officials to Georgia.
  • A number of Biden administration heavyweights have traveled to Georgia in recent weeks, including a visit Monday by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to discuss healthcare policy.
  • And Biden has visited Georgia twice since taking office, most recently an April stop to celebrate his 100th day in office and thank the state’s voters for making his political agenda possible. Biden is the first Democrat to win the state’s presidential votes since 1992, and Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock followed up by sweeping the January Senate runoffs.
  • The two senators, whose victories flipped control of the chamber, are both supportive of the infrastructure proposal, which is expected to reach a Senate vote this week.
  • The measure includes $550 billion in new federal funds to finance roads, bridges, dams, broadband pipelines and new initiatives to combat climate change. Other funding would extend existing federal infrastructure programs.


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