Thursday marks President Joe Biden’s 100th day in office and he’s spending it on the road pushing his plans for massive new federal programs. His first stop is in Georgia with a visit to former President Jimmy Carter and a drive-in car rally. He will go to Pennsylvania and Virginia in coming days to highlight elements of the sweeping proposals he laid out Wednesday in his first address to a joint session of Congress.
The address was historic with, for the first time in U.S. history, two women standing on the dais behind the president — Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In his speech, Biden declared America is “rising anew” as he called for an extension of social safety net programs and government spending that evoked FDR’s New Deal. He urged Congress to pass a pair of infrastructure proposals, each with a price tag of trillions of dollars, to help pull the economy past the pandemic. The president also called for investing heavily in children, families, education, internet access and roads.
Biden spoke to a largely empty chamber, a sign of pandemic times, with just 200 people in attendance, all of whom were masked and 6 feet apart. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th), who took in the address from her home, discusses some of the president’s priorities.