US President Joe Biden triumphantly declared Wednesday that the United States is "on the move again" in a rousing speech to Congress, calling for trillions of dollars to rebuild the post-COVID US middle class and give new life to "forgotten" workers. Almost two-thirds of Americans approved of Biden's coronavirus relief package, 64% support his handling of the pandemic, and 58% back his plan to raise corporate tax rates to pay for infrastructure investments, according to an ABC News poll released Monday.
The Republican lawmaker also refused to stand when Biden suggested lowering prescription costs for Americans - a rare moment that drew a standing ovation from members of both parties. That includes Biden's trip Thursday to Atlanta, where he's expected to hold a auto rally to celebrate his 100th day in office. That ruling declared that anti-LGBTQ+ job discrimination is a form of sex discrimination and therefore illegal.
Ryan Hass, a former National Security Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia and now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, said that under the Biden administration, the Sino-American relationship is "moving gradually from sharp confrontation to deep competition".
The president, in an address on Wednesday evening, said he had inherited a nation in crisis facing the worst pandemic in a century, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and "the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War". It also includes $200 billion for free, universal preschool and $109 billion for free community college regardless of income for two years, the White House said.
"We have a giant opportunity to bend to the arc of the moral universe toward justice".
Overall, the polls showed a range of 52-58 percent of USA adults who say they approve of the job Biden is doing, compared with 39-42% who say they disapprove.
"As my dad would say- all the investments in the American Jobs Plan will be guided by one principal". The economy has created 1.3 million jobs in that period, he added.
Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sat behind Biden during the speech, as people in those roles traditionally do, and was the first time two women sat behind the president during their annual address.
She said the president wakes up every morning "with a sense of urgency" because people like her guests are "counting on him for real solutions".
LGBTQ+ rights activists praised his mentions of the Equality Act and trans Americans.
USA to share 60m AstraZeneca shots with other countries
Political concerns have also weighed on officials, who are wary of sending doses overseas before every American can access them. No final decisions have been made on which countries will receive the AstraZeneca doses, a senior administration official said.
He said he had made clear to President Vladimir Putin that Moscow's interference in US elections and cyber attacks on government and businesses would have consequences, but Washington does not seek escalation.
"But I made absolutely clear that we will defend America's interests across the board", he said.
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Biden remarked on this right off the top of his remarks.
Biden began his speech pointing this out: "Madame Speaker. 'Joe, any country that out-educates us, out-competes us'". But he was awake to clap when the president referred to his decision to end the war in Afghanistan. Sen. "Our families will continue doing the work of bravely sharing their stories with legislators about why the Equality Act would protect their LGBTQ+ loved ones - and the ways in which these risky and damaging anti-trans bills are hurting their kids".
"A president who promised to bring us together should not be pushing agendas that tear us apart", he said, dismissing the infrastructure plan a "liberal wish list" that included "the biggest job-killing tax cuts of a generation". "We will have provided over 220 million COVID shots in 100 days", Biden said, noting that almost 70% of seniors were now fully protected from the virus, up from just 1% who were vaccinated when he was sworn in.
Perhaps more notable is how he sees the nation getting closer to his vision of "one people, one nation, one America".
Biden campaigned on being a president who would compromise and work with Republicans, but during his presidency he has completely failed on that front so far.