Biden sets out $1.8tn plan to rebuild in Congress address
Joe Biden argued that “America is on the move again” in his first address to Congress, where he unveiled a $1.8tn package for families and education and pitched his “blue-collar blueprint” to re-build America. Flanked by two women – Vice-President Kamala Harris and House speaker Nancy Pelosi – for the first time in US history, the president gave his speech on the eve of his 100th day in office as the country continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Due to social distancing measures, only 200 people, mainly politicians, attended rather than the usual 1,600 guests. The supreme court’s chief justice, John Roberts, was the only member of the high court present. The address centred on the administration’s ambitious economic plans, but wove them together with foreign policy and efforts to combat the climate crisis, as well as domestic policies from healthcare to police reform, paid family leave to child benefits, gun control to border security. The tone was optimistic as Biden pledged his administration would enact changes that would create jobs, expand the social safety net and modernise the country.