Joe Biden tells country ‘Wall Street didn’t build’ United States in pro-union joint-session speech
The president made his first speech in a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening and praised the accomplishments of the first 100 days of his administration.
Mr. Biden said “America is on the move again” after a series of crises, including the pandemic and insurgency on Capitol Hill, which he called “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”
And the president addressed the economic impact of the pandemic in an attempt to reach Americans who “feel left behind and forgotten in a rapidly changing economy.”
“Let me speak to you directly. Independent experts estimate that the US jobs plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to economic growth for years to come, ”he said. Excerpts from the speech were published ahead of their delivery by the White House.
“These are high paying jobs that cannot be outsourced. Almost 90 percent of infrastructure jobs created under the U.S. Jobs Plan do not require a college degree. Seventy-five percent do not need an associate’s degree.
“The American Jobs Plan is a blue collar plan to build America. And that recognizes something I’ve always said: Wall Street didn’t build this country. The middle class built this country. And the unions have built the middle class.
Only 200 lawmakers attended the speech due to the Covid-19 protocols.
As this was Mr Biden’s first address, it was not technically referred to as a “State of the Union” address, but rather a joint address to Congress.
The new presidents have not called their first speech to a joint session of Congress a “State of the Union” since 1977.