Pennsylvania primary: Biden pushes for enhanced child tax credit and visits his childhood home in Scranton (2024)

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As It Happened Apr. 16, 6:59 p.m. ET

Biden's Tuesday trip to Scranton follows former President Donald Trump's weekend fundraiser in Bucks County and rally in Lehigh County.

Pennsylvania primary: Biden pushes for enhanced child tax credit and visits his childhood home in Scranton (1)

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What you should know

  1. Pennsylvania's primary election is Tuesday, April 23, and today was the last day to request a mail ballot.

  2. While both parties' nominees are set in the marquee presidential and Senate races, voters will weigh in on a competitive race for attorney general, other row offices, U.S. House, and the state House and Senate.

  3. Pennsylvania is expected to be a key presidential battleground state in the November general election. Donald Trump held a fundraiser and a rally in the state over the weekend, and Joe Biden has several Pennsylvania stops planned this week.

  4. Biden's planned visits include a Tuesday stop in Scranton and one Thursday in the Philadelphia area.

  5. Catch up on all the races and candidates with our voters guide.

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Apr. 16, 6:59 p.m. ET

Biden visits with union members and campaign volunteers

President Joe Biden spoke to campaign volunteers - about 100 in person and hundreds gathered on zoom in a union hall decked out in campaign posters.

The memories of the day seemed to hit heavily for Biden, who dabbed at his eyes with a tissue as he was introduced by Megan Bell, the daughter of a childhood friend of his.

Apr. 16, 6:20 p.m. ET

A warrant has been issued for State Rep. Kevin Boyle’s arrest

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of State Rep. Kevin Boyle, Philadelphia police said Tuesday, after Boyle allegedly violated a protection from abuse order.

Boyle, 44, a Democrat seeking reelection to an eighth term in next week’s primary election, was expected to be charged with violation of a PFA by communication, said police department spokesperson Eric Gripp.

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Apr. 16, 6:00 p.m. ET

Biden departs from childhood home in Scranton

President Joe Biden left his former house in Scranton after about an hour and 45 minutes of visiting with neighbors inside and shooting some campaign material. He walked out holding hands with several kids wearing St. Clare/St. Paul’s apparel, a local Catholic school in the area.

He greeted neighbors gathered on the lawn. A marker on a telephone poll designated the home an official trolley stop on a Scranton tour.

Apr. 16, 3:54 p.m. ET

Biden childhood home in Scranton a familiar campaign stop

President Joe Biden is making a familiar stop on his visit to Scranton, popping into the Washington Avenue home he lived in until he was 10.

Neighbors lined up on Washington Avenue as the motorcade wound by on a sunny Spring day, some holding Biden signs and waving American flags.

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Apr. 16, 3:33 p.m. ET

Pa. Democrats are spending big to back Sean Dougherty over State Rep. Kevin Boyle

Pennsylvania HouseDemocratsare throwing moneybehind their support of Sean Doughertyover incumbent State Rep. Kevin Boyle in the April 23 primary election.

The House Democratic Campaign Committee poured a total of $72,000 into Dougherty’s campaign for the Northeast Philadelphia-based seat, according to campaign finance reports filed last week.

Apr. 16, 3:16 p.m. ET

Biden expected to visit his childhood home in Scranton

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Apr. 16, 3:10 p.m. ET

Map: Biden and Trump's visits to Pennsylvania

Apr. 16, 3:00 p.m. ET

Biden wants to bring back expanded $300 child tax credits

Speaking at a campaign event in Scranton on Tuesday, President Joe Biden proposed to reinstate an enhanced child tax credit that temporarily gave qualifying parents $300 a month — up to $3,600 per year — during the COVID pandemic.

Biden's plan would raise the current maximum child tax credit up from $2,000 per child to $3,600 per child under the age of 6, or to $3,000 per child aged 6 and up.

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Apr. 16, 1:47 p.m. ET

Watch: Biden announces tax plan in Scranton

Apr. 16, 1:44 p.m. ET

President Joe Biden arrives in Scranton

Apr. 16, 1:30 p.m. ET

Biden’s schedule in Pennsylvania today

President Joe Biden arrived at the Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport around 1:20 p.m., where he was greeted by Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro and Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti.

He's still scheduled to deliver a speech in Scranton on taxes around 2 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. He's also expected to participate in a campaign event at 5:40 p.m., according to his public schedule.

Apr. 16, 12:13 p.m. ET

Pennsylvania GOP group wants Republicans to embrace mail voting

Manning a vote-by-mail booth earlier this month at a gathering of conservatives in Camp Hill, Pa., beleaguered Arnaud Armstrong had a difficult message for his fellow Pennsylvania Republicans.

They can embrace mail voting or they can keep losing elections.

Apr. 16, 9:30 a.m. ET

Pa. voters who requested ballots should receive them soon

Counties across Pennsylvania have begun mailing out ballots and voters who requested them should receive them in the coming days.

Voters can track the status of their mail-in ballots using this link to know when it is heading to them. Once they return the ballot they can also use the tracking system to know when their ballot has been received.

Apr. 16, 7:40 a.m. ET

Joe Biden looks to highlight his tax policy and contrast it with Donald Trump's

Scranton Joe is coming back to Pennsylvania.

President Joe Biden is returning to Scranton and to a campaign message from 2020 — that he is the best candidate for the middle class, while former president Donald Trump is the candidate for the millionaire class.

Apr. 16, 7:30 a.m. ET

Biden has been a frequent visitor to Pennsylvania

If it wasn’t obvious already, President Joe Biden’s campaign is laser-focused on Pennsylvania.

Tuesday will mark the seventh time this year he or Vice President Kamala Harris has come to the state, and he's spending most of the week in Pennsylvania. Biden's tour of the commonwealth starts with a speech on tax policy Tuesday in Scranton, followed by stops in Pittsburgh on Wednesday and near Philadelphia on Thursday.

Apr. 16, 7:20 a.m. ET

Joe Biden will be back in the Philadelphia region on Thursday

President Joe Biden is heading back to his childhood home this week to kick off an economic-themed tour across the state ahead of next week's Pennsylvania primary.

He will visit Scranton on Tuesday as part of a three-day swing that will also bring him to the Pittsburgh area Wednesday and the Philadelphia region on Thursday, his campaign said.

Apr. 16, 7:10 a.m. ET

Today is the deadline to request a mail ballot in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvanians hoping to vote by mail must request their ballot by 5 p.m. Tuesday. They can doso online, by mail or in person with theircounty election board.

Those ballots must then be returned to voters county election boards by 8 p.m. on election day. Voters can mail those ballots back or hand deliver them to county election offices or ballot drop-boxes provided by counties.

Apr. 16, 7:00 a.m. ET

Can Bob Casey’s ‘oatmeal’ style of legislating survive Dave McCormick’s ‘do-nothing’ attacks?

As steady rain fell on the windows outside the large meeting room, Sen. Bob Casey talked about corporate greed, his soft, flat voice just audible over the downpour.

“They’re ripping families off,” said Casey (D., Pa.). “They’re still doing it. And I have to continue to prosecute this case until they get the message.”

Apr. 16, 6:45 a.m. ET

Pennsylvania primary election voters guide

Primary elections are held to determine who will represent each political party in the general election. Pennsylvania holds closed primaries, meaning that only members of a political party can vote in its primary.

Pennsylvania primary: Biden pushes for enhanced child tax credit and visits his childhood home in Scranton (2024)

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