04.28.21

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on President Joe Biden’s First Joint Address to Congress

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following President Joe Biden’s first address before a joint session of Congress. 

“The American people once again have a compassionate leader in the White House that will take bold, necessary action to help our country bounce back from this crisis and lift up every American. Tonight, President Biden laid out a clear vision for his first term and the steps we need to take to help our country recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. His goals to tackle our country’s concurrent crises and deliver much needed relief to struggling families, workers, small businesses, and communities are bold and ambitious, and we will achieve them by working together. 

“One of the top priorities he unveiled tonight, the American Families Plan, will be a historic investment in kids, families, and our economic future that will grow and strengthen the middle class. As a former public school teacher, I know how essential quality education is for young people. I commend President Biden on this bold policy proposal that makes important investments in our students, from preschool to college. I share the president’s belief that when American families do well, the entire nation thrives.

“President Biden occupies the White House at an incredibly difficult time for our country, but he is prepared to do the work to restore faith and trust in our government and our democracy. As we have over the past 100 days, I am eager to join my colleagues to answer his call to pass legislation to address gun violence, reform policing, give a pathway to citizenship to Dreamers and the 11 million undocumented people who call this country home, and ensure that our government is working for the people.

“What a historic moment it was to witness, for the first time in our nation’s history, two women seated behind President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. We are at an inflection point – we have a moral duty to be optimistic, and in this moment, I see a willingness to do just that and to fight for change.”

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