MilwaukeePresident Joe Biden is heading to Milwaukee to participate in a town hall where he will answer questions from Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn. The “CNN Presidential Town Hall with Joe Biden” will air live from the Pabst Theater tomorrow, Feb. 16 at 8:00 p.m. CT.

President Biden is expected to discuss his ideas and policy recommendations for how to revitalize U.S. manufacturing. AEM is pleased that he chose Milwaukee for his first domestic trip as president, as it shows that issues important to the 2.8 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry are on his mind and at the front of his agenda. Equipment manufacturers are waiting to see if President Biden will follow through on his promise to advance pro-manufacturing policies, starting with a transformational investment in America’s infrastructure.

AEM is leveraging the Biden’s visit to Milwaukee to send a strong message to the White House that the industry needs a competitive tax and regulatory system, modern infrastructure, free and fair trade, and a 21st century workforce. This includes ads in the greater Milwaukee area and inside the Beltway as well as a targeted social media campaign.

“We are pleased with the President’s initial focus on revitalizing manufacturing and investing in our infrastructure…but what we really need, and what we want to hear from the President, are policies to help us sell American, increase our global competitiveness, and allow us to create more family-sustaining jobs right here in America,” AEM’s Kip Eideberg told Jedediah Bila on "Fox & Friends" over the weekend. “Inaction is not an option here. We have to move forward with common-sense, bipartisan solutions and we hope the President will speak to that in the town hall on Tuesday,” added Eideberg.

U.S. equipment manufacturers support 2.8 million jobs across the country and contribute $288 billion a year to the U.S. economy. A job in the equipment manufacturing industry pays 35% above the national average, and in order to create more of those jobs, President Biden needs to focus on policies that strengthen the industry’s competitiveness in the global economy.

That is the message of the ads running in the greater Milwaukee area, inside the Beltway, and across the country on various social media channels. AEM is also airing a 30-second spot on cable news shows the President is known to watch in the White House.

AEM members and the industry’s supporters can take part in the town hall conversation on social media by following @AEMAdvocacy on Twitter and Wisconsin-based members and supporters can send the White House a message directly through AEM’s national grassroots campaign I Make America.

You can watch the town hall on CNN, on, and listen on SiriusXM Radio Channels 116, 454, and 795. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will moderate in front of an "invitation-only, socially distanced audience."

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