Joe Biden gives first address to joint session of Congress

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Joe Biden is giving his first speech to Congress tonight.

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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.
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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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