How Biden's address to Congress will look different amid COVID-19 pandemic

Brenda Watkins
April 29, 2021

President Joe Biden is marking his 100th day in office with a prime-time address to Congress and he's declaring that the United States is "turning peril into possibility".

A few dozen lawmakers milled about the House chamber not long before Biden's speech, and a reduced crowd of about 200 is expected.

"It's time for corporate America and the wealthiest 1% of Americans to pay their fair share - just pay their fair share", Biden said.

The $1.8 trillion plan he unveiled his first address to a joint session of Congress along with previous proposals to build roads and bridges, expand other social programs and combat climate change represent a fundamental reorientation of the role of government not seen since the days of Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society.

Biden said he told President Xi Jinping in a two-hour first phone conversation after taking office that "we welcome the competition - and that we are not looking for conflict". "Let me speak directly to you", Mr Biden said, before going on to promise Americans "good-paying jobs that can't be outsourced". "Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength". The president is following the speech by hitting the road to push his plans, beginning in Georgia on Thursday and then on to Pennsylvania and Virginia in the days ahead.

She also noted a historic difference.

Jill Biden told Rutyna about her visit last week to the Navajo Nation, where she heard similar complaints from students about the lack of high-speed internet.

Pelosi made history by becoming the first female House speaker during Bush's presidency. Harris is the first woman, Black person and Indian American to be vice president.

The president said unfair trade practices undercut American workers and industries. "But three months in, the actions of the President and his party are pulling us further and further apart".

Biden repeatedly hammered home that his plans would put Americans back to work, restoring the millions of jobs lost to the virus.

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He told the Wall Street Journal that agents showed up at dawn on Wednesday and castigated the raids as "legal thuggery". Attorney for the Southern District of NY also declined to comment. "I didn't use most of it", Solomon said of Giuliani.

Other elements of the evening may only serve to emphasize how far the nation still has to go in battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Who expected Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of SC to shout "you lie!" at Democratic President Barack Obama during a 2009 speech to a joint session of Congress?

The following day, he'll visit Philadelphia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amtrak - expected to receive a sizable funding increase under his infrastructure plan - at the city's 30th Street Station.

Denise Specht, the president of Education Minnesota, the state's largest teachers union, said while they're waiting on more details,"Minnesota's families need help and the news reports of the president's plan show that he understands".

Senators are in town, but some Republicans from that chamber are expected to skip the speech, too. Sen.

"Our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes", he said.

In the wake of George Floyd's death a year ago, he drafted legislation aimed at overhauling policing, an effort that ultimately failed on the Senate floor.

Trump imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods from China, which were often met with retaliatory tariffs on US products.

The universal preschool proposal would cover 3- and 4-year-olds, along with measures to help with the affordability of early child care for low and middle income families. He also wants to make two years of community college free. It also includes a paid family and medical leave program.

President Joe Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House on April 14, 2021, about the withdrawal of the remainder of USA troops from Afghanistan.

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