Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on President Biden's Joint Address to Congress
Washington, D.C. – Tonight, on the eve of his 100th day in office, President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time. Following President Biden’s address, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement:
“Tonight, President Biden showed our nation and the world what true leadership looks like. His joint address to Congress laid out the progress his administration has made and his broader agenda to make America healthier, safer, more prosperous, and more competitive.
“In contrast to the previous administration’s denial of and haphazard response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden has directed the administration of over 200 million vaccine shots in fewer than 100 days. More than half of American adults have received at least one shot, and two-thirds of all seniors are fully vaccinated. This has contributed to a drastic decrease in daily deaths from the pandemic nationwide.
“Without help from Congressional Republicans, Democrats took an important step toward recovery when we passed President Biden’s comprehensive American Rescue Plan. From providing $1,400 relief checks and assistance for small businesses to funding tax credits and much more, the American Rescue Plan has proven itself to be an essential initiative as we rebuild our economy.
“President Biden’s American Jobs Plan promises to improve our nation’s infrastructure and revitalize our workplaces by providing millions of jobs, all while making America more competitive on the world stage. His commitment to racial equity has shown us that he believes in the strength of the diversity that makes America strong and competitive. I was very pleased that President Biden also discussed his plans to reduce gun violence and his commitment to addressing climate change to make sure America maintains a leadership role in safeguarding the future of our planet for generations to come.
“While our nation continues to face many challenges, tonight’s address showed us that President Biden is a forward-thinking leader who cares deeply about all American families. His policies continue to invest directly in our communities so we can recover from the pandemic and thrive. On behalf of my constituents, I look forward to continuing to work with President Biden and members of his administration to improve Americans’ health, bolster our economic recovery, promote equity, and ensure prosperity in California’s 40th District and nationwide.”