President Biden left Washington on Wednesday to begin what is expected to be at least a seven-day vacation in South Carolina with members of his family. Biden, accompanied by first lady Jill Biden, departed the White House by motorcade to Joint Base Andrews outside the capital, where Air Force One was on hand to take them to Charleston, the AP reports. The first couple was planning to be in Kiawah Island, noted for its private beach and golf resort, through Tuesday, according to Federal Aviation Administration advisories.
Biden was joined Wednesday on Air Force One by his son, Hunter Biden, daughter-in-law Melissa Cohen, and grandson Beau. While Biden is in South Carolina, the House is set to vote to approve a bill full of Biden's priorities, including the most substantial investment in history to fight climate change, some $369 billion over the decade. The measure would cap prescription drug costs at $2,000 out-of-pocket for Medicare recipients and help an estimated 13 million Americans pay for health care insurance by extending subsidies provided during the coronavirus pandemic.
The White House demurred on when Biden plans to sign the bill, saying it was focused on helping ensure the House approved the measure. Biden's 2021 vacation plans were scrambled by Washington's legislative calendar, a COVID-19 case surge, and the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. Summer vacations are a presidential tradition, but the White House in the past has emphasized that the president is never truly free from the job's responsibilities—and that he'll continue to consult with aides and take his daily national security briefing regardless of his location.
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