Sunday shows preview: Biden hits the road to promote infrastructure proposals; US begins withdrawal from Afghanistan
President Biden’s continuing promotion of his infrastructure proposals and the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan are expected to dominate this week’s Sunday talk shows.
President Biden hit the road this week in Georgia and Pennsylvania, the beginning of a public relations tour to pitch the American public on his infrastructure proposals.
The president highlighted his proposal during his first address to a joint a session of Congress on Wednesday. His infrastructure plan, which would invest $4 trillion total, would invest in roadways and broadband access as well as child care and family leave.
Following the address to Congress, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) gave the GOP rebuttal to Biden’s speech Wednesday. Scott, the only Black Republican senator in the upper chamber, argued that Biden was dividing the country and out of touch with his talk of bipartisanship.
Scott will appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
The president traveled to Georgia on Thursday to plug his plan, as well as mark his 100th day in office. On Friday, he traveled to Pennsylvania, where he plugged his proposal and celebrated the 50th anniversary of Amtrak. Biden has a personal connection of Amtrak — he rode the train into Washington, D.C., during his time as a Delaware senator.
The White House said Saturday that Biden will visit Louisiana next Thursday to continue his tour.
Despite enthusiasm from most Democrats, Biden’s plan could face road blocks in a 50-50 Senate.
Democrats are trying to move the proposal as quickly as possible, but Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) a moderate, has ramped up bipartisan talks on a compromise proposal between $600 billion and $1 trillion.
Sen Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said Monday that he wants to move quickly on the proposal, warning that previous attempts to wait for negotiations waste time.
“We have learned that lesson in the past. I think we should have our ears open, we should listen to any great ideas, any good ideas that Republicans have. But obviously it cannot be an endless process. It has to move very quickly,” Sanders said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has begun the process of preparing to withdraw troops form Afghanistan.
The White House said Thursday that the military officially began the withdrawal, with the goal of completing the move by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
About 2,500 U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan.
But two representatives for Al Qaeda told CNN that the war against the U.S. “will be continuing on all other fronts” despite the withdrawal.
Below are the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows:
ABC’s “This Week” — White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan; Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen; Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
CBS’ “Face the Nation” — White House chief of staff Ron Klain; Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — White House senior adviser Anita Dunn; Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Cindy McCain, widow of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
“Fox News Sunday” — Cecilia Rouse, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.
FOX News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R); Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R); Stephen Miller, Former White House Senior Adviser