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Key takeaways from Biden’s 1st address to a joint session of Congress

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Throughout his political career, President Biden has participated in the State of the Union and joint addresses to congress as a senator for 36 years and eight as Vice President. 

For the first time, on Wednesday, Biden delivered his own. COVID-19 limited the audience and focused on Americans tuning in from home. Typically, an address to Congress is delivered to over 1,600 attendees, this year the audience was reduced to 200. On the White House’s YouTube channel, the recording garnered 43K views

President Biden stated that his administration “inherited a nation” that was “in crisis” following the impact of the pandemic and lockdowns. The president acknowledged America’s increase in vaccine rollouts, noting that 220 million doses will be administered by the end of the month. The speech focused on the administration’s priorities, including gun control, immigration, his recent infrastructure bill, education, and child care. 

Biden unveiled a new $1.8 trillion American Families Plan.  According to Biden, a “once in a generation” investment will be made in families and children. The plan includes universal preschool, two years of free community college, a national paid leave program, and $800 billion in tax credits for families and workers. In regards to paying for the American Families Plan, Biden maintained his promise of not raising taxes on Americans making less than $400,000 yearly.

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ARTICLE: ANTOINTETTE AHO

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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