President Joe Biden’s visit to Utah highlights his efforts to emphasize bipartisan accomplishments as he gears up for the 2024 election. Unlike his previous stops in Democratic-led states, Biden is joined by Republican Governor Spencer Cox in Salt Lake City to celebrate one of his key bipartisan achievements – the passage of the PACT Act. The PACT Act provides critical health care benefits to veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits during their military service.
Biden’s visit aims to underscore his commitment to unity and bipartisan cooperation on common issues. He uses the occasion to emphasize that collaboration between Democrats and Republicans is essential to achieving progress. The visit also marks an unusual instance where a Democratic president is joined by a Republican governor to promote policy initiatives.
The PACT Act has bipartisan roots, having passed Congress with support from both parties, even though Utah’s Republican congressional delegation did not vote for it. The act addresses the health care needs of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service, and its provisions include toxic exposure screenings, new facilities, research, and health care worker support.
While Utah is a traditionally solid Republican state, Biden’s visit reflects his strategy of engaging with diverse audiences and showcasing his ability to work across party lines. The visit also includes a campaign fundraiser in Park City, highlighting the importance of fundraising as he prepares for his re-election campaign.