Biden delivers speech to joint session of Congress by Reuters

© Reuters. First address by US President Joe Biden to a joint session of Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered a speech at a joint session of Congress that he used to promote a $ 1.8 trillion plan he said needed to compete with China.

“Now, after just 100 days, I can give an account to the nation: America is on the move again, turning peril into possibility, crisis into opportunity, setback into force,” Biden said.

Here are some comments on the President’s speech:

RONNA MCDANIEL, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE

“Don’t buy Biden’s gas to bring people together. He has created an impeachment board, is ready to clear the filibuster, and killed high-paying jobs in the energy industry.

“His actions are those of a partisan activist, not a president for all Americans.”

KEVIN MCCARTHY, REPUBLICAN CHAMBER LEADER

“President Biden is using his presidency to implement the most radical socialist program in American history. He plans to “build back better” by growing government, raising taxes on American families and investments, destroying jobs, and burdening future generations with massive debt – an agenda that will inevitably crush economic opportunities. “

REPRESENTATIVE. DEAN PHILLIPS, A DEMOCRAC

“Quite a remarkable speech if you are pro-human.”

SENATOR SHELDON WHITEHOUSE, A DEMOCRAC

“Tonight the President presented a hopeful report on the great strides we have made in his first 100 days in office and has charted an equally promising path for a sustainable and equitable economic recovery from the pandemic. “

SENATOR MARK KELLY, A SWING STATE DEMOCRAC

“While I share President Biden’s urgency to fix our broken immigration system, what I didn’t hear tonight was a plan to deal with the immediate border crisis, and I will continue to hold this accountable. administration to provide the resources and personnel necessary for a humane and orderly process as we work to … fix our immigration system. “

SEAN ELDRIDGE, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, STAND UP AMERICA, A PROGRESSIVE ADVOCACY GROUP

“President Biden laid out a bold and ambitious platform in his speech tonight – including a pledge to sign a law that would protect our freedom to vote and eradicate corruption in our politics.

“But if we have any hope of getting there, we must first end the filibuster. We cannot let a minority of senators representing an even smaller minority of the population stand in the way of protecting the nation. our democracy. “

WADE HENDERSON, ACTING PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

“We appreciate that the President has called on Congress to send to his office key laws, including the Right to Organize Protection Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, the COVID Hate Crimes Act. -19, Equality Act, Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, For the People Act, and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. “

IGOR VOLSKY, FOUNDER AND CEO OF GUNS DOWN AMERICA.

“Tonight, President Biden pledged to ‘do everything in my power to protect the American people from this epidemic of gun violence.’ In the weeks and months to come, we will hold the President accountable for this commitment. ”

JOHN NEUFFER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

“In tonight’s address to Congress and throughout his first 100 days in office, President Biden has demonstrated his commitment to strengthening U.S. semiconductor supply chains through strong investments in manufacturing, national chip design and research.

“The time has come for Washington’s leaders to come together in enacting legislation that funds these important provisions.”

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