The speech will allow Biden to talk about his efforts to revive the economy and fight the coronavirus.
US President Joe Biden will make his first speech to a joint session of the House of Congress on Wednesday, which will allow him to mobilize supporters of his political agenda.
The speech will allow Biden to talk about his efforts to revive the economy and fight the coronavirus, the White House said.
However, he also plans to take a moment to propose a broader agenda.
In the wake of the pandemic, Biden will address a reduced, socially distanced group of lawmakers and administration officials.
Biden’s speech will take place as he completes his first 100 days in office.
He did not make the traditional address to Congress earlier this year, as the White House said he was focused on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilding the country.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed confidence in the security measures taken in connection with Biden’s speech.
“I had an extensive briefing on Monday. We insisted on knowing all the details,” she told reporters.
National Guard troops called in after the January 6 riots continue to serve in the Capitol Hill area. Capitol police said that the streets around the building would be closed for two hours before the event.
We have many options, and we prepare well in advance for unforeseen situations,” said Secret Service Special Agent Michael Plath.
Biden’s promise to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100 days in office was at the center of his campaign. On Wednesday, Biden will be able to say that he has exceeded that promise: 200 million doses have been administered since he came to the White House.
In his speech, Biden will focus on the fact that about 43 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly a third are fully vaccinated.
Biden will also try to win support for a fundamental overhaul of the country’s priorities, including a $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, as well as at least $ 1.5 trillion in spending on areas such as childcare, preschool, and community colleges.
As a presidential candidate, Biden promised to end America’s “never-ending wars.”
In his speech, the head of state plans to note that he started this by announcing the decision to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September 11.
The president will warn that the US is in a dangerous world with a rising China, an increasingly aggressive Russia, and the growing threat of cyberattacks, the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea, and pockets of instability worldwide.
However, he will make it clear that he does not intend to counter these challenges with empty threats and unpredictability.
Rather, he will advocate a balanced, proportionate response, pointing to his decision to impose sanctions on Russia to interfere in the elections and poison a dissident.
In his speech, the President is expected to renew his call for Congress to pass his proposal for comprehensive immigration reform, which would open the path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.