They additionally visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is headquartered there, as half of a concentrate on combating Covid-19.

“The President will offer his support to the community in Georgia and across the country and highlight his commitment to combating xenophobia, intolerance and hate,” White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre informed reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday.

Jean-Pierre stated Biden “understands and knows the past year that the community has been vilified, they’ve been scapegoated and they’ve been attacked.”

Biden will later ship remarks at Emory University in the night.

“You can expect the President to meet the moment that we are in,” Jean-Pierre stated of Biden’s speech.

Biden will meet with Stacey Abrams in AtlantaBiden will meet with Stacey Abrams in Atlanta

On Friday, the President issued an announcement urging Congress to go the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, which he stated would “expedite the federal government’s response to the rise of hate crimes exacerbated during the pandemic.”

Biden stated the measure would additionally assist state and native governments to enhance hate crimes reporting and make data on hate crimes extra accessible to Asian American communities.

Prior to assembly with the Asian American leaders, Biden and Harris obtained an replace on the Covid-19 pandemic from well being and medical consultants on the CDC.

“This is a war and you are the frontline troops,” Biden informed the CDC employees. “I came here to say thank you.”

Biden and Harris have been initially touring to Georgia to tout the advantages of their $1.9 trillion Covid-19 financial reduction package deal, which Biden signed into legislation final week, as half of a “Help is Here” tour. But White House officers canceled the rally that they had deliberate in the wake of the shooting.

Georgia has additionally emerged as a key political state for Democrats. Biden narrowly gained there in the presidential race and Democrats subsequently gained two Senate seats there earlier this yr, which gave the celebration management of the chamber — enabling passage of Biden’s sweeping Covid-19 legislation.

Biden and Harris will meet with these Democrats, Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, throughout their journey, Jean-Pierre stated, in addition to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and former Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights champion Stacey Abrams.

Abrams has devoted years to increasing the citizens and boosting turnout in Georgia, a sometimes dependable pink state. Biden was the primary Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992.

Georgia is floor zero for one of the nation’s greatest fights over voting rights. Georgia Republicans are attempting to go new legal guidelines to make voting harder — an expansive new voting invoice unveiled on Wednesday would give the state broad powers over native election officers, set limits on weekend early voting and add voter ID necessities for absentee ballots.


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