Daily US Times: US President Joe Biden has laid out sweeping proposals for education, social care, jobs in his first speech to a joint session of Congress. His plan is considered by Democrats once in a generation investment plan.
Delivered on the eve of his 100th day in office, president Biden pitched plans involving some $4 trillion in spending, which according to analyst, is the largest overhaul of US benefits since the 1960s.
Mr Biden called it a “once in a generation investment in America itself”.
But the sweeping investment proposals face strong opposition from the Republican party.
Republican Senator Tim Scott called Biden’s agenda a “liberal wish list of big government waste” while Ronna McDaniel, senior Republican official, said his first 100 days had been an “unqualified failure”.
Despite slim Democratic control of both houses of the US Congress, the plans face a battle in Congress before they can become law.
In a historic moment, Vice-President Kamala Harris – the first woman to hold that office – and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi both sat behind the president during Wednesday night’s primetime address.
It is the first time two women have appeared behind the US president during a speech in a joint session of the Congress.
After addressing Ms Harris in his opening remarks as Madam Vice-President, president Joe Biden added, “No president has ever said those words from this podium. And it’s about time.”
The event was far smaller than for past presidents, due to coronavirus restrictions.
National Guard troops remain in force around the US Capitol after pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the building in January.