Biden Offers Free Preschool, Community College

Biden will announce the proposal while addressing a joint session of Congress to mark 100 days in office

Security is tight and crowd is thin at the Capitol under strict coronavirus restrictions for President Joe Biden's address to Congress.

The pandemic has hit child care providers especially hard, but Minnesota has been struggling to fund providers for much longer, said Chad Dunkley, the CEO of New Horizons Academy, the state's largest day care provider.

Biden is also expected to devote time to foreign policy, and is likely to detail his recent decision to withdraw USA troops from Afghanistan by the upcoming 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Mr Biden said: "After just 100 days I can report to the nation America is on the move again".

President Joe Biden is using his first joint address to Congress to declare the nation is "turning peril into possibility, crisis into opportunity". Normally, there are about 1,600 people at presidential addresses like this one.

Biden won't be required to wear a mask while speaking on Wednesday.

The nationally televised ritual raised the stakes for his ability to sell his plans to voters of both parties, even if Republican lawmakers prove resistant.

Former Vice President Mike Pence notably did not wear a mask while giving a January 6 speech regarding election certification results after rioters broke into the Capitol.

"America is ready for takeoff".

And we need to do so by making sure those at the top are paying their fair share.

Pelosi made history by becoming the first female House speaker during Bush's presidency. Harris is the first female vice president in US history.

The chamber was so sparsely populated that individual claps could be heard echoing off the walls.

Biden similarly said he did not seek worse relations with Russian Federation. "It will come from you - the American people", Scott said.

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The president said unfair trade practices undercut American workers and industries. They believe we are too full of anger and division and rage.

'And if they look a certain way, they're an oppressor, ' he noted. "They are wrong. And we have to prove them wrong".

Lauding the success of mass vaccination against COVID-19, Mr Biden told Congress and the nation on primetime television that "in America, we always get up".

The following day, he'll visit Philadelphia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amtrak - expected to receive a sizable funding increase under his infrastructure plan - at the city's 30th Street Station.

The Republican rebuttal comes as Scott has been seen as a key negotiator on Capitol Hill, known for working across the aisle and being praised by Democrats.

The South Carolina Republican started out his remarks, delivered elsewhere in the U.S. Capitol, by saying Biden 'seems like a good man, ' and adding that his 'speech was full of good words'.

Women's advocates said seeing Harris and Pelosi seated together behind Biden would be a "beautiful moment". 'But our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes'.

In the wake of George Floyd's death a year ago, he drafted legislation aimed at overhauling policing, an effort that ultimately failed on the Senate floor.

He knocked Biden for passing his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill with just Democratic votes.

Trump imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods from China, which were often met with retaliatory tariffs on USA products. Administration officials are betting that it will be enough to bring back all 8.4 million jobs lost to the pandemic by next year.

"Let's end cancer as we know it". There would be more than $400 billion for subsidized child care and free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds.

In addition, the plan includes $225 billion for a national paid family and medical leave program that would offer some support for three months of maternity/paternity leave, illness, rehabilitation and other emergencies. Further spending would be directed toward Pell Grants, historically Black and tribal institutions and to allow people to attend community college tuition-free for two years.

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