WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (MA-5) released the following statement following President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress:

“As our nation recovers and rebuilds from the pandemic, it is more important than ever that empathy, equity, and science are at the center of our work in Washington. Tonight, President Biden demonstrated that his agenda reflects those values and reminded us why we elected him to lead. He is calling for bold, progressive policies like the American Families Plan that will make dramatic investments in women, families, and children, including national paid family and medical leave. He is calling for a rethinking of ‘infrastructure’ that truly serves all the needs of America’s workers and addresses the growing threat of climate change while creating new jobs. And he is calling for landmark investments in education, including $225 billion in child care funding, universal pre-kindergarten, and two years of free community college. These are all critical programs as we work to recover and rebuild a strong, inclusive and resilient economy. 

“In his first one hundred days in office, President Biden has also proven his commitment to addressing the challenges that have long persisted in America, from racial injustice to immigration to gun violence. Tonight, he made clear his plan to unite this country around solutions that will make America safer, more equal, and more just. 

“Tonight, I am hopeful, energized, and eager to get to work in Congress to make President Biden’s vision a reality for all Americans.” 

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