Biden to pocket tech bill in California, Illinois campaign

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday is touring a Southern California communications company expected to benefit from his legislative push to boost America’s semiconductor manufacturing — and he’s taking a vulnerable Democratic congressman with him.

Biden will be joined by Rep. Mike Levin for the visit to Carlsbad-based Viasat to highlight the CHIPS and Science Act, a $280 billion legislative package, ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections. The bill is one of the most significant legislative achievements of the Biden administration.

Levin, a two-year congressman representing a San Diego-area district that was once a GOP stronghold, is in a close race with former San Juan Capistrano Mayor Brian Maryott. Biden led a rally for Levin Thursday night in Oceanside, Calif.

Supply disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic and a lack of domestic chip manufacturing hampered Viasat, which relies on such components for its services to industrial customers and the US military. Biden intends to use the event to highlight how the CHIPS bill will help companies like Viasat reduce their reliance on foreign chipmakers, the White House said.

Later Friday, Biden will travel to Chicago to attend a political reception. Biden is making his way to the Democratic stronghold amid signs some House members representing Chicago suburbs may face tougher re-election battles than expected.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super-political action committee, or super-PAC, allied with leadership of the GOP House of Representatives, announced this week a $1.8 million ad buy targeting Democratic Rep. Sean Casten , representing a district where Biden won by about 11 percentage points in 2020. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, is scheduled to run with GOP challenger Keith Pekau in the district on Friday. Biden to pocket tech bill in California, Illinois campaign

Sarah Y. Kim

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