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President Biden. Photo by Doug Mills/New York Times/Pool/Getty Images

President Biden will use his visit to La Crosse, Wisconsin, to "cut through the noise in Washington," aides told Axios, enlisting voters to help him hold together a fragile $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal.

Why it matters: This is Biden's first sales pitch since a weekend of damage control after he tied the deal to a Democrats-only push for more spending.

Between the lines: Wisconsin has a Senate seat up for re-election in the 2022 midterms. Several Democratic candidates have already declared, as they seek to flip Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's seat.

Details: Biden will come armed with state-specific data such as:

  • One-third of rural families lack high-speed internet, and during the pandemic 82,000 children in Wisconsin didn’t have access to reliable internet for remote learning.
  • 1,000 bridges in Wisconsin were rated structurally deficient.
  • Nearly half of Milwaukee’s 160,000 water service lines are lead, and the plan's investments in water infrastructure will replace them all.

Don't forget: Press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that congressional leaders believe the most "impactful" role the president can play is using the bully pulpit to sell the infrastructure deal.

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Scoop: U.S. Chamber backs off BIF

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is withdrawing its support of the Senate-passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill just hours after Punchbowl News reported House Republicans were booting it from its strategy calls, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The Chamber's chief policy officer, Neil Bradley, announced the policy shift in a letter to its Board of Directors on Monday. The pretense for his decision: President Biden formally linking the "hard" infrastructure bill with the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package during a meeting with House Democrats on Friday.

Joint Chiefs chair Gen. Mark Milley tests positive for COVID-19

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Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

State of play: Joint Staff spokesperson Col. Dave Butler said in a statement that Milley — who is fully vaccinated and has received a booster shot — is experiencing "very minor symptoms" and is "working remotely and isolating himself."

Momentum builds to ban lawmakers from trading stocks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some progressive Democrats and MAGA Republicans are uniting on a proposal to ban sitting lawmakers from trading individual stocks, although it's unlikely that leadership will bring the bill up for a vote.

Why it matters: Members of Congress have great power to move stock prices, and great financial incentives to do so.