Joe Biden speech – Updates and reaction after President’s first address to Congress to set out agenda

PRESIDENT Joe Biden gave his first speech before Congress nearly 100 days into office. Here’s what he said and what it means for the country.

Biden delivered his speech to the joint session of Congress at 9pm ET, taking place the night before his 100th day in office.

The speech is not a State of the Union because presidents do not deliver the address until their second year as president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited Biden to address Congress.

“Nearly 100 days ago, when you took the oath of office, you pledged in a spirit of great hope that ‘Help Is On The Way’. Now, because of your historic and transformative leadership, Help Is Here!” Ms Pelosi wrote.

“In that spirit, I am writing to invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday, April 28, to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment,” she added.

Biden discussed his $2trillion infrastructure plan as well as the country’s latest vaccination efforts.

Biden discussed the American Families Plan. He signed the plan into law in March which “continues to provide immediate relief to American families and communities.”

The plan is described as an “investment in our kids, our families and our economic future.”

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