Biden attends mass before going to Kansas City to promote infrastructure
President Joe Biden attended mass in Georgetown Wednesday morning for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a mandatory holy day for Catholics, ahead of his trip to Kansas City to promote his infrastructure bill.
Biden arrived at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown shortly after 8 a.m. and waved to a large group of children and adults outside. A school is attached to the church. He stayed for nearly an hour for the service.
The president, a devout Catholic, rarely misses a religious holiday. While in Rome for All Saints’ Day, he attended a private mass at the embassy, where he was staying.
Later Wednesday, Biden will travel to Kansas City, Mo., to promote his win over infrastructure.
He will visit the Kansas City Area Transport Authority, where he will promote the city’s program for free bus and street car service.
President Joe Biden waves to schoolchildren as he arrives at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown
Biden attends Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
The president, a devout Catholic, regularly attends mass in Washington or near his home in Wilmington, Delaware
President Biden attended mass prior to his trip to Kansas City, Mo, to promote his infrastructure bill
Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas hinted at what the president would discuss during his afternoon break.
Kansas City is a national leader in Zero Fare and Zero Emissions Transit. I grew up in KCMO on the metro bus and am proud of the improvements we have made to get us where we are today and where we are going. We are delighted to welcome President Biden to the KCATA,” Lucas tweeted on Tuesday.
Biden has been on a promotional tour to draw attention to his $1 trillion program to invest in infrastructure. He also made stops in New Hampshire, Michigan and Minnesota.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki said the trip to Kansas City will demonstrate “how the president delivers on his promise to forge a bipartisan consensus and prove that our democracy can bring great victories to the American people.”
The White House is eager to promote the infrastructure bill as part of the president’s string of achievements they’re highlighting ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Democrats are trying to fend off Republican attempts to take control of the House and Senate next year.
The White House also launched a new website, Build.gov, to describe the law and a new brand phrase, “Building a Better America,” to promote it.
The White House has launched a new website to promote the infrastructure bill
Promotional campaign with new slogan: Building a Better America
The White House invites people to share their stories
The site features a striking new logo and invites people to share their stories “about how the dual infrastructure law will affect you and your community.”
In addition, Biden is trying to get the Senate to pass his ‘Build Back Better’ Social Spending and Climate Change Bill. It is not clear whether he has the votes for this.
The president, a devout Catholic, regularly attends mass in Washington or near his home in Wilmington, Delaware. He wears rosary beads that belonged to his late son Beau and he keeps a photo of himself and the Pope behind his desk in the Oval Office in the front row of photos next to his family’s.
Biden, who supports abortion rights, met Pope Francis in Vatican City in late October when he was in Rome for the G20 conference.
The president said the pope told him he is a “good Catholic” and that the two men did not discuss the controversial issue of abortion during their 75-minute session behind closed doors at the Vatican.
He also said the Pope had told him to continue to receive Communion.
“We were just talking about how he was happy that I was a good Catholic and that I could continue to receive Communion,” Biden said after the meeting.
Biden met with the Pope under pressure from conservative Catholics in the United States about his stance on abortion.
The US Bishops’ Conference considered whether to admonish Catholic politicians such as Biden and President Nancy Pelosi, who support a woman’s right to abortion – which Catholics consider a sin – but also celebrate Holy Communion during Mass.
President Biden and Pope Francis with their translators at their private meeting in the Vatican in October
In the end, the bishops passed a document that does not identify the president or politicians by name.
Instead, the new directive emphasizes the obligation of Catholic public figures to demonstrate moral consistency between their personal faith and their public actions.
“Laity exercising some form of public authority” have a duty to “serve the human family by upholding the life and dignity of human beings,” the document reads.