Joe Biden gives first address to joint session of Congress

Joe Biden is giving his first speech to Congress tonight.


President Biden addressed Congress for the first time Wednesday night in a speech before a sparse, socially distanced audience in the House Chamber — and declared that “America is on the move again.

“As I stand here tonight, we are just one day shy of the 100th day of my administration,” Biden said.

“One hundred days since I took the oath of office—lifted my hand off our family Bible—and inherited a nation in crisis. The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

He added: “Now—after just 100 days—I can report to the nation: America is on the move again. Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.”
Biden  was expected to promote his latest, massive tax-and-spend proposal, this one dubbed the “American Families Plan.”

The $1.8 trillion package would include more than $500 billion for education, $225 billion each for child care and paid time off for workers, as well as $45 billion more for food stamps and school meals for needy kids.

The proposal, outlined earlier in the day by a senior administration official, comes on the heels of Biden’s controversial, $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan and the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package he signed into law after Democratic lawmakers passed it without any Republican votes.

But it’s not expected to contain a repeal of the $10,000 cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes — known as SALT — that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said is needed to offset the tax hikes in the state’s recently adopted $212 billion budget.

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Joe Biden is giving his first speech to Congress tonight.

Biden was also expected to renew his call for reforming the nation’s immigration laws to create a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, while signaling a willingness to compromise on who’s ultimately eligible for the program.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to impose a strict limit on the number of attendees, reducing the typical crowd of around 1,100 to just 200.

The move will prevent First Lady Jill Biden from hosting a special box in the chamber for a select group of guests.

High-profile freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-The Bronx, Queens) said last week that she would likely be among the lawmakers who get shut out of the event.


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