Biden convenes cabinet to showcase successes and abortion fight as midterms campaign looms

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President Biden on Tuesday convened a meeting of his cabinet to showcase a recent string of economic and political successes on kitchen table issues as the midterm congressional campaign looms.

Sounding populist themes, Biden urged his cabinet secretaries to work to implement recently enacted measures like the Inflation Reduction Act and his plan to produce more semiconductor chips in the U.S.

“We’re finally bringing home jobs that have been overseas for a while,” he told reporters before the closed-door meeting started.

He added that his economic plans, including the bipartisan infrastructure plan, are designed to bolster the middle class even if it means making the well-off pay more in taxes.

“I’m not a big fan of trickle-down economics,” Biden said.

The White House meeting marked the first time the two dozen-odd cabinet secretaries have formally met with Biden since March.

It comes on the heels of a string of political victories, most notably the surprise passage of the long-stalled Inflation Reduction Act, which includes measures to fight climate change and reduce prescription drug costs.

“Passing these historic bills is only the first step in delivering to the American people,” Biden added.

Biden also said Vice President Kamala Harris and Attorney General Merrick Garland would elaborate on the White House efforts to defend abortion rights following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

The meeting aimed to spotlight issues that Biden hopes will help Democrats hold the House, or at least keep the Senate, in the midterm elections.

Democrats have also been helped by an improving economic environment, including a significant drop in raging inflation. Biden’s once abysmal approval ratings have even started to show signs of a modest improvement.

Abortion in particular has become a huge issue for Democrats as women especially turn against Republicans following the conservative Supreme Court’s shocking decision.

Democrats have dramatically outpaced expectations in a string of congressional special elections since the abortion ruling, including Rep.-elect Pat Ryan’s upset win in a Hudson Valley swing district.

Buoyed by the good political news, Biden has started to hit the political hustings more often, including a string of visits or planned visits to Rust Belt battleground states where his working-class roots may be an asset for Democrats.