Biden to visit Michigan computer chip factory, push agenda


WASHINGTON (AP) — The midterm elections may be over, but President Joe Biden is pushing up his economic agenda.

He's visiting Bay City, Michigan, on Tuesday to highlight a $300 million expansion of a semiconductor manufacturing plant. The facility, run by the South Korean company SK Siltron, is expected to increase its production four times in the coming years.

A White House official, who insisted on privately discussing details before Biden's trip to Michigan, said the Democratic president's remarks would extend beyond semiconductor manufacturing, which has been the supremacy of his administration. Biden also plans to insist on falling gas prices and efforts to protect abortion access.

Biden will appear with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who just won reelection in a closely watched race. Whitmer's double-digit margin of victory over Tudor Dixon, a Republican who didn't agree with the 2020 election results, has polished her standing within her party.

The president returned Sunday from Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he lived Thanksgiving with his family. Later this week, he will host French President Emmanuel Macron for the first state visit of his government.