US President Joe Biden announced that “America is on the move again,” during his first address to Congress on the eve of his 100th day since taking office.
Biden said that his administration inherited a nation in crisis due to several factors, according to excerpts released by the White House ahead of his speech.
Thursday marked Biden’s 100th day in office and during his speech, the 46th president will indirectly hit out at his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
100 days ago, America’s house was on fire. We had to act, so we:— President Biden (@POTUS) April 29, 2021
- Passed the American Rescue Plan
- Administered over 200 million shots
- Sent over 160 million relief checks
- Delivered food and rental assistance to millions
- Provided small business loans
“100 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,” Biden said.
But, the president will say that “America is on the move again. Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.”
It was widely expected that Biden will focus on domestic issues, including his $1.9 trillion plan for families, children and universal education. Biden also touched on a separate plan north of $2 trillion dollars for America’s infrastructure.
Foreign policy will be touched on as well the success of US vaccination efforts against coronavirus, which were initiated under the Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed.”
Republicans and Democrats have become sharply divided since Trump won the presidency in 2016 and the divisions continue to deepen.
“We have to prove democracy still works. That our government still works—and can deliver for the people,” Biden will say, drawing indirect references to Trump supporters storming the US Capitol on Jan. 6.
The Republican Party has already tapped Tim Scott, the only Black senator in their party, to respond to Biden’s speech, as is customary of an opposition party to the White House.