Biden’s First Speech To Congress

Nathan Kim

On April 28, 2021, Joe Biden gave his first speech to Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. This speech was days before his 100th day in office and addressed COVID-19 issues, economic concerns, and more national problems. This speech is the latest step, as the President continues to put his plans into motion.

President Biden started off his speech by acknowledging the Vice President and the Speaker of the House. He then immediately switched gears and discussed more serious topics. He started by addressing COVID-19 issues and solutions. He explained how he has lived up to his promise of administering 100 million COVID-19 vaccines in 100 days. He spoke of the accomplishments that the Americans have achieved against the virus and how they have stayed strong during the pandemic. President Biden then asked the American population to go and get the virus. “We’ve gotten vaccinations to nearly 40,000 pharmacies and over 700 community health centers where the poorest of the poor can be reached. We’re setting up community vaccination sites, developing mobile units to get to hard-to-reach communities. Today, 90 percent of Americans now live within five miles of a vaccination site. Everyone over the age of 16, everyone, is now eligible to get vaccinated right now, right away. Go get vaccinated, America. Go and get the vaccination. They’re available. You’re eligible now.” At the end of his COVID tangent, he also talked about the stimulus checks and his plans to continue the steady income.

Next, he boasted of the mass employment rate. He stated that the 1,300,000 new jobs in just 100 days is more than in any other presidential record. Biden also said The International Monetary Fund estimates that the United States’ economy will go up at a rate of more than 6 percent this year. This is the fastest it has been for almost four decades. While on the topic of employment, he talked about the American Jobs Plan. He stated that “Nearly 90% of the infrastructure jobs created in the American Jobs Plan do not require a college degree. 75% do not require an associate’s degree. The American Jobs Plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build America.” President Biden plans to fund his plans by using the tax dollars of the upper echelon of America.

While still being related to employment, Biden tackled climate change by saying that to battle the crisis of climate change we need more opportunities for jobs. Biden then went on to describe a future where Americans workers install charging stations for electric cars, manufacturers create wind turbine blades, and United States factories create electric cars and batteries.

Lastly, President Biden spoke about other nations and how he plans to deal with their jeer and doubt. Biden mainly talked about China and President Xi Jinping. President Xi mocked the United States and argued that the American democracy cannot keep up with Beijing’s dictatorial decisiveness. President Biden asked the United States to prove him wrong and continue to stay at the top with other nations around the world.