Biden to sell historic spending plans in speech to Congress

Biden to sell historic spending plans in speech to Congress
President Biden will try to build support for two massive spending packages. Source: Getty Images
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Dialy US Times: President Biden is expected to call for the most sweeping revamp of US benefits since the 1960s as the US president delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress.

Speaking on the eve of his 100th day in office, Mr Biden will pitch $4 trillion (£2.9tn) of spending on child care, education and family leave.

He already passed a $2tn Covid-19 aid package.

History will also be made as two women, US Vice-President Kamala Harris and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sit behind the US president for the first time during a speech to Congress.

Both of them will wear masks at the rostrum during Wednesday night’s primetime address.

Mr Bien’s State of the Union-style remarks will be followed by the traditional rebuttal speech from the opposing party – delivered on this occasion by Senator Tim Scott, a Republican form South Carolina.

Mr Scott, a potential 2024 contender of the US presidency who is African American, is a leading voice in his party on race.

Mr Biden will speak at 21:00 EDT from a US Capitol that is still ringed by security fencing and guarded by hundreds of National Guard troops following the storming of the Capitol building on 6 January by pro-Trump protesters.

Ahead of the president’s speech in the Congress, he will meet congressional staff who were trapped in the building during the riot, a statement from the White House said.

Usually, around 1,600 guests usually attend a president’s address to a joint session of Congress. But this time only about 200 people will get invitations because of coronavirus-prevention protocols.

Buoyed by solid approval ratings, president Joe Biden will look to the tens of millions of Americans that the White House hopes will tune in from home.

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