Biden’s First Presidential Address to Congress: and What You Need to Know

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Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Calif. applaud President Joe Biden at his address to Congress

On April 28th President Biden delivered his first address to Congress as president. While reaching his first 100 days in Congress, the Biden administration has accomplished many of his campaign promises, while falling short on some.

President Biden’s most notable accomplishment in the first 100 days in office is fulfilling his promise of getting 100 Million Americans vaccinated. This goal was exceeded as over 200 Million vaccines have been administered during the Biden Administration’s first 100 days. The Biden administration has also followed through on his promises to reenter the Paris Climate accord and organize a Climate summit, where notable leaders, including President Putin, attended to address the threat of climate change.

Although Biden has succeeded on many of his promises, he has missed the mark on some too. Within the first 100 days, one broken campaign promise was the failure to establish a “Police Oversight Committee.” Instead of fulfilling this campaign promise, the administration made the announcement stating: “pass the proposed George Floyd Justice in Policing Act into law” (AP News) This law being a more practical alternative.

Marking 100 days since his presidential address to Congress, he reflected on accomplishments and created new promises to the American people.

For the first time in history, two women sat behind President Biden on the dais, marking a monumental change for the future. Biden points out that he intends to go down in history books and be a memorable president, creating a permanent change and embodying true democratic behavior. 

A division was made evident at Biden’s speech, as many Republicans had grievances with Mr. President’s statements. As Biden announced that he wants to cut child poverty in half this year, silence fell over the Republican Senators (i.e., Portman, Cruz). Similarly, Republican’s also had a negative reaction to Biden’s statement regarding American jobs:

 “American tax dollars are going to be used to buy American products made in America that create American jobs.” This reaction was surprising because these facts align with former President Donald Trump’s economic euphoria of “buying American.”

During his speech, Biden reflected on the accomplishments the administration had made in regards to the pandemic. In his speech, President Biden stated, “We will have provided over 220 million Covid shots in 100 days.” Bidens did not acknowledge the challenges to full vaccination participation, including the 40% of republican males who say they will not get vaccinated.

In the Republicans rebuttal to President Biden’s speech, Senator Tim Scott Of South Carolina spoke on behalf of the Republican Party. In the rebuttal, Senator Scott states, “Our president seems like a good man” (Sen. Scott of SC). He shows the true divide between Republicans and Democrats, the lack of bipartisanship, and the lack of willingness for the Republican party to work with the majority. Senator Scott continues, “But three months in, the actions of the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart.”

President Biden’s approval rating  (52%) to mark his first 100 days in office is higher than former Republican President Trump’s rating of 42% (ABC News).

Sen. Scott also criticized Bidens’s timeline of getting children back to public school. Despite the senators’ criticism, Biden followed through on his campaign promise of opening a majority of K-8 schools around the country.