President Joe Biden speaks before a joint congressional session – the traditional substitute for a State of the Union address in the first year of a president. This year, the format of the speech will of course also be shaped by COVID-19. There will be a limited audience.
Biden has serious legislative priorities to address, including the US $ 1.8 trillion family plan he unveiled Wednesday morning, as well as the US employment plan and immigration reform. He can also take a well-deserved victory lap with COVID-19 vaccinations if he wishes, although it is best to do so to alleviate concerns about the situation outside the US, particularly in India.
The Republicans answer will be given by Senator Tim Scott.
You can watch on most TV channels or stream here or on many media organization websites.
Biden’s speech is broadly a vision of how America can stay competitive, revitalize the long-term economy, train workers, explore new technologies, and revolutionize healthcare. It’s been a very long time since a president stood up to come up with such a comprehensive long-term plan for such a revitalization – rather than ridiculing Americans for wanting it.
In all honesty, it’s really rare that a president can deliver a speech like this 99 days after his term in office and point out that performance scale. Some of this is luck of timing, but they made promises and then kept them at the biggest things they ran on.
– Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 29, 2021