President Joe Biden’s planned trip to Chicago has been postponed and will be rescheduled, a White House official confirmed to NBC News.
NBC 5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern reported the story Tuesday afternoon, citing a source with knowledge of the president’s plans.
The president was due to visit the city on Wednesday to highlight a Chicago company that had applied a COVID vaccine warrant, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.
According to a White House official, Biden’s trip to Chicago will be rescheduled.
“In meetings and calls over the weekend and through to today, President Biden has engaged with members of Congress on the way forward for the Build Back Better Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure. Deal, “NBC News official Geoff Bennett and Kelly O ‘Donnell told NBC:” He will stay in the White House tomorrow to continue working to advance these two pieces of legislation to create jobs, grow the economy and invest in families, rather than failed giveaways to the rich and big business. ”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker both praised area businesses requiring vaccinations for city and state customers, though they had stopped before to issue city or state warrants. However, some groups are required to get vaccinated in the state, including healthcare workers, teachers, and higher education students.
“I applaud sites requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to be admitted,” Lightfoot said earlier this month. “I think we’ll see more of it. It’s a conversation that’s happening across all sectors of the industry, and we support it.”
New York, San Francisco and New Orleans are among the cities that have started requiring proof of vaccination for indoor public spaces.
President Joe Biden said he took responsibility for problems at the US-Mexico border and that the images of border patrol officers were “outrageous.”
Biden earlier this month unveiled a so-called “action plan” to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the spread of the delta variant, which will require the vaccination of millions of workers across the country. country.
The extended rules require all employers with more than 100 workers to require them to be vaccinated or tested for the virus every week, affecting an estimated 80 million Americans. And the roughly 17 million workers in healthcare facilities who receive federal Medicare or Medicaid will also need to be fully immunized.
Biden is also demanding the vaccination of executive employees and contractors who do business with the federal government – without the ability to test. This covers several million additional workers.