(CNN) — US President Joe Biden will deliver his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night. And he comes with the hope of building on the confidence he has built by accelerating the response to the COVID-19 pandemic to convince Americans that they must support his ambitious plans to tackle inequality in the country.
Biden will speak about the accomplishments of his first 100 days from a strong position. Despite even the deeply polarized nature of the US electorate after four chaotic and tumultuous years of former President Donald Trump’s administration. A new CNN poll, released Wednesday, showed that 53% of Americans approve of the way Biden does his job. Also that nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe the president is keeping his campaign promises.
Biden will talk about the crises he inherited
In his comments, Biden plans to remind his audience of the crises he inherited. Precisely, from a historic pandemic to the failed insurrection on Capitol Hill on January 6, which his predecessor fomented.
“Now, after just 100 days, I can inform the nation: America is on the move again,” Biden plans to say, according to excerpts from his prepared speech. «Convert danger into possibility. The crisis in opportunity. The reverse in force, “I would add.
Biden also has voter endorsement regarding his efforts to lift the nation out of the turmoil and economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Just 66% of Americans approve of his handling of the crisis. Meanwhile, Biden will seek to highlight the achievements of his team in the administration of 200 million vaccines in less than 100 days, as the number of cases and deaths from Covid-19 continues to decline.
Effort for the economy
The president seeks to use that goodwill to persuade voters to join him in the effort to reshape the economic fortunes of working and middle class Americans. Something he plans to do through a massive $ 4 billion proposal to repair the nation’s highways, bridges and railroads and expand broadband. Meanwhile, it allocates US $ 1.8 billion towards the “American Family Plan” that will be detailed this Wednesday.
A senior administration official said the proposal –– a combination of roughly $ 1 trillion in investments and $ 800 billion in tax credits ––– amounted to “generational investments” going forward. The president will argue Wednesday that he will benefit families across the United States by helping with the costs of child care and paid leave. Also by providing free technical higher institutes for two years, in a proposal that would require states to bear some of the costs.
Biden plans to present his new project as a “workers’ blueprint for building America.” And in that sense, speak directly to Americans who “feel abandoned and forgotten in a rapidly changing economy.” The president will emphasize that 90% of the infrastructure jobs that would be created through his plan do not require a university degree.
A big focus of the package is improving care for the elderly and people with disabilities. In part, by raising the wages of the workers who care for these Americans. Biden will finance the package by raising taxes on the rich. Which goes according to his campaign promise not to raise taxes on any family that earns less than $ 400,000 a year.
However, there are major obstacles ahead for your plan. Republicans, and even some moderate Democrats, have balked at its cost. So Biden has yet to show that he can build a bipartisan consensus on his legislative priorities as he promised during the 2020 campaign.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who has been the House’s key swing vote, told CNN’s Manu Raju that he was “very uncomfortable” with the value of Biden’s proposals. However, he said he had not yet reviewed them in detail.
In a pre-Biden speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the president had promised bipartisanship during his campaign. He added that, instead, Biden has pushed for a progressive agenda.
“The American people elected a 50-50 Senate, a narrowly divided House and a president who preached moderation,” the Republican said Friday morning. “(Biden) promised that his whole soul was dedicated to uniting our people. Many expected his administration to reflect that promise, but the first hundred days have left a lot to be desired.
While the new package will be the focus of the speech on Wednesday, Biden will also address the many challenges that lie ahead. All while the nation tries to eradicate the pandemic.
One of the most difficult tasks for Biden
The pace of vaccinations has slowed considerably, with supply exceeding demand. Especially in the conservative, rural counties Trump won in 2020. Scientists say it takes 70% to 85% of Americans to get vaccinated for the nation to achieve herd immunity. And so the dangerous variants of the coronavirus can be prevented from spreading in the coming months. Yet polls have shown persistent resistance and lack of interest in getting vaccinated among large numbers of Republicans.
One of Biden’s toughest tasks in the coming months will be persuade people who did not vote for him to get vaccinated. Or even find the right messengers to help convince them. About 43% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And almost 30% are fully vaccinated.
Alluding to how Americans’ faith in government was shaken during Trump’s term and the elections that overthrew him, Biden will say that in the first 100 days his administration has acted to “restore the people’s faith in democracy and to be able to fulfill ».
“We are vaccinating the nation. We are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, ”Biden plans to say. “We are getting real results that people can see and feel in their own lives.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism