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Biden visits Port of New Orleans to mark anniversary of stimulus package

Vice President Joe Biden/FILE (Source: CNN) Vice President Joe Biden/FILE (Source: CNN)

Vice President Joe Biden joined Governor John Bel Edwards in New Orleans Wednesday morning, as part of the vice president's three-state tour.

Biden and Edwards took a walking tour of the Port of New Orleans. They are expected to be joined by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other state and business leaders.

They discussed the progress made from a federal grant given to the port back in 2012.

The visit commemorates the seventh anniversary of a controversial economic stimulus package called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program provided more than $800 million to spend on infrastructure, tax credits and expanding unemployment benefits.

Biden said the Obama administration made tough decisions in a time of crisis that hare helping shape a strong economy in New Orleans and other parts of the country.

"Great things have been done, but there's still so much we have to do. We've gone from crisis to recovery. We are now on the verge of resurgence. We are better positioned than any nation in the world to lead the world economically and politically in the 21st century," Biden said.

Following his visit to New Orleans, he is expected to fly to Memphis where he will tour its Regional Intermodal Facility and then he'll visit St. Paul, MN.

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