Biden addresses congress after 99 days in office

The president delivered a speech to Congress regarding progress and introduced another ambitious plan as part of his focus.

By Victor Ortiz, Jr., Writer

Speaking from the U.S. Capital, President Joseph Biden celebrated 99 days in office last Wednesday by holding a socially distant joint session with Congress discussing progress, collaboration, investment, explaining proposals in the American Jobs Plan and unveiling the American Families Plan

“Tonight, I come to talk about crisis and opportunity. About rebuilding a nation, revitalizing our democracy and winning the future for America,” Mr. Biden said. 

Pexels stock image. By Ramaz Bluashvili

Biden has been busy since inauguration day, Jan. 20, swiftly passing numerous executive orders and actions in support of his vision in healing and building the future of America, which have included important issues focused on:

  • Battling COVID-19, which is responsible for 573 thousand U.S deaths and 3.1 million worldwide deaths
  • Rejoining the Paris Agreement and pledging to reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels as continued commitment to the agreement. 
  • Passage of the $1.9 trillion, American Rescue Plan which allowed stimulus assistance, rental assistance, expanded vaccination and testing programs, extended unemployment benefits and more.   

The president praised the Senate for its collaborative bipartisan efforts in approving the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which addresses expediting review of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. During the pandemic a rise in hate crimes against individuals of Asian descent have been observed.  

“I want to thank the United States Senate for voting 94-1 to pass the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act to protect Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. You acted decisively,” said Mr. Biden. 

Mr. Biden mentioned that once the bill reaches his desk, he would sign it. The bill needs to be reviewed by the House of Representatives. 

The president reiterated reasons why his proposals in the American Jobs Plan is important to help not only strengthen the economy, but to help create jobs and make critical updates to America’s infrastructure and creating clean energy infrastructure and overall equity.  

“The American Jobs Plan is going to create millions of good-paying jobs, jobs Americans can raise a family on,” said Mr. Biden. 

“The American Jobs Plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build America. That’s what it is.”

The plan is in its negotiation stages. 

“We also need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families and our children,” said Mr. Biden. 

As part of this, Biden introduced a new ambitious plan he called the American Families Plan that is focused on investing in access to good education which includes two years of free community college, access to affordable childcare and paid sick and medical leave and expanding tax credits so that more money flows into American homes. 

Mr. Biden continued to discuss other aspects of his vision for the future of America and hoped that collaboration could be met to move forward. 

“We can do whatever we set our mind to if we do it together. So let’s begin to get together,” he said.  

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