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WASHINGTON DC, April 28, 2021 ~ President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress Wednesday evening, which is the eve of his 100th day in office.
“While the major policy announcement in the speech is, of course, the American Families Plan, a historic investment in education and child care, he will also use the speech as an opportunity to talk about many of his other priorities, including police reform, immigration, gun safety, his ongoing work to get the pandemic under control, and to putting Americans back to work,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in a press briefing on Tuesday.
Many Republicans have spoken out against the President’s calls for unity, sighting an increasing range of progressive policies that are more left of center than they had originally hoped.
“I was inclined to believe him when he made his inaugural speech, but we have not seen any evidence of that in the way that he has governed,” said Senate Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota. “So far, it’s been one-party rule on pretty much everything that they’ve tried to do.”
April 28, 2021 ~ President of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Rich Studley gives us his views on what to expect from President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress.
The event typically hosts around 1,600 lawmakers, cabinet secretaries, supreme court justices and their guests. However, due to COVID-19, the capacity will be limited to 200, and all in attendance will be masked with the exception of President Biden.
Even members of Congress, who receive floor privileges for life, will need a ticket to enter, and many senior Republicans have given their seats up to younger members who have yet to see a presidential address in person.
“If it was a normal state of the union, I would definitely go,” said Florida Senator Marco Rubio. “If I’m going to sit in the last row at the top balcony, why don’t I just watch it on TV?”
Joe Biden will address Congress at 9 p.m. ET, Wednesday April 28.