WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden celebrated his 100th day in office Thursday at a car rally in Georgia, kicking off the White House’s “Getting America Back on Track” tour to support its approximately $ 4 trillion investments. dollars in economic and social safety net programs.
In his first address to Congress Wednesday night, Biden announced his American Plan for Families, a roughly $ 1.8 trillion package that includes a universal preschool, two years of free community college, and expanded access to child care. This is the second phase of Biden’s two-pronged campaign to stimulate the economy, following the $ 2 trillion U.S. jobs plan, which he announced last month.
Biden’s visit to Georgia also underscored the state’s electoral importance, which narrowly swung for him in the presidential race and elected two Democratic senators in January, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, giving Democrats a tight control over the Senate. Without their votes in the Senate, Biden noted, his $ 1.9 trillion US bailout would not have passed.
“You know how precious and precarious the right to vote is,” Biden said, nodding to President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results in Georgia and more recent efforts by Republican lawmakers to curtail the vote. ‘access to vote.
“Your vote changed the world,” he said. “But instead of celebrating it, he’s under attack.”
Biden’s trip marked the start of what the administration calls the Getting America Back on Track tour, which White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said was designed to “bring the matter straight to the people. American on the vital need to act on the plan for employment and the plan of families. “
Biden will travel to Philadelphia on Friday and Yorktown, Va., On Monday. Vice President Kamala Harris was in Baltimore on Thursday, intending to visit Cincinnati on Friday and Milwaukee on Tuesday. Her husband, Doug Emhoff, will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, and members of Biden’s cabinet are also expected to travel in the coming days.
In Georgia, Biden underscored his economic proposals to invest in historically black colleges and universities, day care centers and his child poverty reduction projects while advocating for higher taxes for wealthier Americans to fund his program.
“It is high time the very rich and corporations started paying their fair share,” he said.
Biden’s remarks were briefly interrupted by protesters chanting “end detention now” and “abolish ICE,” appearing to refer to border facilities where unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum are housed. “Our families are dying,” shouted one protester.
Biden responded to one of the comments shouted, “I agree with you. I’m working on it.”
Biden had planned to hold a drive-through rally in Georgia last month to promote his coronavirus relief program, but he called off the event after a gunman killed eight people – six of whom were women from Asian origin – in a series of spa shootings in the Atlanta Area. Biden traveled to Atlanta as planned, but he focused on gun violence and the rise in violence against Asian Americans.
Biden applauded the Senate for passing an anti-Asian hate crimes law last week after an increase in incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Don’t tell me we can’t move forward,” he said.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden also met privately with former President Jimmy Carter, 96, and his wife, Rosalynn, 93, in Georgia. The Carters were unable to attend Biden’s inauguration in January due to the pandemic.