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Biden declares U.S. ‘on the move again’ in first speech to Congress

 U.S. President Joe Biden declared on Wednesday (April 28) that the United States is “on the move again” 100 days after he took office, in a speech to a joint session of Congress that he used to promote a $1.8 trillion plan he said is needed to compete with China.

Biden appeared in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives at an event scaled back this year because of the pandemic, removing his mask to speak to a small group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, other officials and guests arrayed before him.

Seizing on the need to rebuild after the coronavirus pandemic to advance Democratic priorities at a time of political polarization, Biden told the joint session and millions of people watching on television that “America is ready for a takeoff.”

He argued that a new spending and tax-credit package, which together with an earlier infrastructure and jobs plan, totals around $4 trillion, rivaling the annual federal budget – is a once-in-a-generation investment vital to America’s future.

(Production: Vanessa Johnston)

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