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Biden goes on the road to tout economic rescue plan

President Joe Biden marked his 100th day in office with a trip to Georgia on Thursday (April 29) pitching his plans to spend trillions of dollars to rebuild the U.S. economy.

After limited time on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden is stepping up his travel schedule after his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday (April 28). He held a drive-in rally near Atlanta and plans additional campaign-style stops in Pennsylvania and Virginia in coming days.

The “Getting America Back on Track” rally in Duluth was interrupted for several minutes by hecklers demanding prison reform as soon as Biden began speaking.

“I agree with you, I’m working on it, man,” Biden said. “Give me another five days.” 

During his speech to Congress, Biden appealed to Americans to support his “blue-collar blueprint” for change, saying his administration would invest a combined $4 trillion in families and infrastructure to rebuild the middle class.

Biden said his plans would add millions of good-paying jobs and trillions of dollars to economic output in coming years, while helping to reverse decades of systemic racism.

In Duluth, Biden told supporters that his stimulus would be paid for, in part, by raising taxes on corporations and the wealthiest. 

“It’s time for the richest one percent of Americans and corporate America to start to do their part,” he said. 

Biden was joined at the rally by Georgia’s two Democratic U.S. senators, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, whose elections in the Republican-leaning state secured Democrats control of the Senate.

Biden carried Georgia in November’s presidential election, the first Democrat to do so in 28 years.

(Production: Ashraf Fahim)

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