HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - President Joe Biden is making a couple of stops in Connecticut on Friday.

According to the White House, Biden will promoted his Build Back Better Agenda and "highlight the importance of investing in child care to keep costs down for working families" before heading to a dedication ceremony at the University of Connecticut.

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Biden left the White House at 11 a.m. on Friday.

President Joe Biden left Washington DC shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday. He headed for Connecticut.

He arrived at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks around 12:25 p.m.

President Biden arrived in Connecticut around 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Around 1:45 p.m., Biden is expected to deliver remarks in Hartford about investing in child care.

The White House argues that the U.S. invests far less than other countries in children. It said advanced countries invest an average of $14,000 per year for a toddler's childcare, compared to $500 in the U.S.

The Biden Administration also said the average annual cost of a child care center for a toddler in Hartford and statewide in Connecticut is $16,000. A typical four-person household in the state would need to spend more than 26 percent of their income for two young children each year.

It said that the lack of affordable child care and preschool also makes it more difficult for parents, and especially mothers, to remain in their jobs, contributing to the 29 percent gender gap in workforce participation between mothers and fathers in Connecticut.

Biden said his plan calls for child care subsidy, which would provide low- and middle-income Americans with subsidies that would cut their spending on child care for young children in half.

It would also provide free preschool for all 3 and 4-year-olds.

The president posted a tweet from his Twitter account while en route to his Hartford appearance.

"We can’t go back to the way things were before the pandemic, we have to build back better," Biden wrote. "The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and my Build Back Better Agenda will lower everyday costs and build an economy where everyone has a fair shot—not just the wealthy. Let’s get this done."

Travel impact

Hartford police released a list of road closures for Friday that will impact drivers.

The following are scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

  • Broad Street at Russ Street – No northbound traffic
  • Broad Street at Asylum Avenue – No southbound traffic
  • Broad Street at I-84 East on-ramp – No southbound traffic
  • Capitol Avenue at Oak Street – No westbound traffic
  • Capitol Avenue at Lawrence Street – No eastbound traffic

There will also be intermittent closures at 11 a.m. in the areas of Maxim Road, Reserve Road, Airport Road and Brainard Road.

Police said all of the roadways are expected to reopen by 2 p.m. on Friday.

After Biden departs Hartford, he's scheduled to head to the University of Connecticut's campus in Storrs. He's scheduled to arrive there at 2:50 p.m.

There, he'll join former Sen. Chris Dodd and other dignitaries for a dedication ceremony.

The ceremony is for The Dodd Center for Human Rights, which will be a home for UConn's human rights programs.

Biden is expected to make remarks at 4 p.m.

The event is invitation-only; however, UConn said it would livestream it for public viewing.

Campus impact

UConn released a list of areas on campus that the president's visit will impact.

  • The McMahon/South parking lot and loading dock, all loading zones along Gilbert Road, the HEART House parking lot, The Dodd Center lot, and the Budds Building parking lot will be closed on Friday.
  • The roof and upper level of the South Garage will also be closed beginning midday.
  • The Student Recreation Center will be closed beginning at 10 a.m. Friday and will remain closed though late Friday afternoon following the conclusion of the event at The Dodd Center. This is in addition to the closures of Homer Babbidge, Whetten, and Bousfield.
  • While other buildings in the area of The Dodd Center will remain open, access may be restricted to doors facing away from The Dodd Center, including in the West Campus residence halls. The buildings will be accessible, but the doors that can be used will be restricted.
  • Gilbert Road will be closed beginning at approximately noon on Friday through the end of the event at The Dodd Center late Friday afternoon.
  • There will be other temporary, intermittent road closures in the area of The Dodd Center during Friday afternoon.
  • Jim Calhoun Way will be closed Friday afternoon and evening as part of First Night.

Presidential departure

UConn warned people on campus that helicopters carrying the president will be loud when they land and depart.

Biden is expected to leave Storrs around 5 p.m. and depart from Bradley at 5:25 p.m.

He's scheduled to return to Joint Base Andrews at 6:40 p.m. and return to the White House at 7 p.m.

The visit to Connecticut will mark the president's second. Biden gave the commencement ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London.

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(15) comments


Went grocery shopping today . $5.99lb for 80% ground beef , $20.00 for a friggin chicken . Stopped for gas on the way home , $3.29.9 . Thanks Joe ! 🖕


Given the way Hunter turned out, I can see where he might be interested in child care, LOL.


Sharp rise in inflation. Sharper rise in food prices. Even sharper rise in prices for fuel used for both transportation and heat. Joe Biden's solution: Have all of us pay more money, but only to households with children in which both parents work full-time, which have an average household income (BLS, 2020 numbers) that is actually literally twice the average household income for the entire country.

When is Biden going to stop taxing the poor to pay the rich?

Brian C. Duffy

You must be under 50; you've never experienced real Stagflation before. The Nixon/Ford/Carter/Reagan years make today seem like Club Med. You can't even wear a mask. You wouldn't have lasted a week back then, spoiled cupcake. Whine some more. Do you need a Go Fund me set up?


Quickly get to the UCONN Dairy Bar before the shelves are empty. Might be out of Business by the end of the day




The White House says that "Biden will [be] promoting his Build Back Better Agenda." That's all code for his "Go Socialist Agenda." Don't buy into it!!!

Brian C. Duffy

The U.S. has been "socialist" for over 100 years fool, since Teddy Roosevelt (the last liberal Republican President) championed the 16th amendment.

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT


Wrong! The Sixteenth Amendment does not make the United States a socialist nation. The last time I checked, our economic and political system is based on free-market Capitalism. It's Democrats like you who are trying to change that into a socialist system that would be unsustainable and lead us into Communism. Socialism, as history has proven time and again, is the interim period between Capitalism and Communism. Last word is yours on this thread "Braveheart," don't disappoint us now. :(

Brian C. Duffy

Alas, I once again am compelled to dumb it down for the audience here: Read slowly.

Cuba is Communist

Canada is Socialist

The New Deal, Eisenhower's Interstate Highway, Capital - er Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Student Loans, GI Bill, et al., are not "free market". I'm a Keynsian Democratic Socialist.

Saying Socialism leads to Communism is like saying Capitalism leads to Facism.

Brian Duffy ~~ Catholic University 1981 B.A. American Government


Ok, I'll jump back in on this thread this one last time. Clearly, you have been taught that Capitalism is in essence an inferior economic system that should be replaced. Whereas, I have been taught that capitalism, though far from perfect, is a far superior economic system as it rewards those that work hard. Sadly, that is something that is no longer highly regarded in this day and age. Socialism indeed leads to communism when governments take control of their people, which is what we are beginning to see today here in the United States. My family is from a communist nation and experienced all the horrors that come with Communism: Loss of high-paying job once outed as anti-Communist (sound familiar? cancel culture?). Oppression. Loss of freedoms. Loss of property rights. Hunger. What we are seeing today in our political divide is exactly what was occurring just before Communism took hold. But you as a Keynesian Democratic Socialist are too blind and brainwashed to see the harm that Socialism/Communism causes. By the way, you spelled Keynsian incorrectly in your last post. The correct spelling is Keynesian. Lastly, your B.A. in American Government from Catholic University means nothing! Did they teach you to be grossly sophomoric and toxic, or were you just raised that way? Go ahead, give me your last word.


PUBLIC schools, PUBLIC roads, SOCIAL security...the list goes on. And, the 16th amendment is about the collection of taxes to pay for public programs. That also includes police and fire departments and PUBLIC transportation...the list goes on.

Brian C. Duffy

My parents taught me be honest and hold myself accountable for my words, not slink around anonymously online like you, No Name Landfill and the others here. The "rules" may allow it, but that doesn't make it any less sleazy. I own my words, you own nothing here.

My bet is you possess the same B.S. degree conferred on Rush, Hannity, Beck, and Cal.

You'll be back because you're insecure and weak.

Let us know when Canada turns communist before I start collecting Capital Security.

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT


You can't use actual facts in this discussion, Brian.

Brian C. Duffy

Ask yourself Danielle, why did you call me Brian? You and Cobarde both perpetuate the wimpy liberal stereotype. That's a real "Truth".

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