President Biden is holding a town hall in Cincinnati with CNN’s Don Lemon on Wednesday, the second town hall since taking office six months ago. The Town Hall will air at 8 p.m. on CNN.
Lemon opened up town hall by asking Mr Biden about vaccinations as the country grapples with declining vaccination rates. “We have a pandemic for those who haven’t been vaccinated. It’s that basic, that simple,” Biden replied.
Questions from the public also focused on COVID-19 and vaccines. “What we’re doing right now is listening to scientists,” Biden said of the misinformation spreading on social media.
And Mr Biden said tests are underway right now when children under the age of 12 can be vaccinated, and will be available “soon” to them.
The town hall also comes just hours after the Senate failed in a procedural vote to move the government forward., a key component of Mr. Biden’s economic agenda. Senate Republicans have blocked the measure from moving forward in the equally divided Senate, refusing to provide the 10 votes Democrats needed to start debate on the infrastructure package, which is a pillar of President Biden’s economic agenda. . The 49 votes to 51 did not reach the 60 vote threshold to overcome the systematic obstruction.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer insisted on Tuesday that the vote set the stage for a broader bipartisan infrastructure framework. Schumer insisted that negotiations will continue.
This is Mr Biden’s second town hall since he took office in January. In February hewith CNN’s Anderson Cooper.