US President Joe Biden is sidestepping a divided Congress and going straight to the nation on Tuesday with a televised town hall in Wisconsin seeking support for his US$1.9 trillion economic rescue package.

With lawmakers reeling from the aftermath of Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal, Biden is betting that he can escape the partisan stand-off by addressing ordinary voters at the prime time CNN event in Milwaukee – his first official trip away from Washington as president.

The White House said the live show will see Biden “take questions directly from the American people on issues they are facing every day, such as Covid and the economy”.

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