President Joe Biden delivers his second State of the Union address to both houses of Congress.
Mr. Biden reached out to Republicans for bipartisanship, touted America’s history of “progress and resilience,” and highlighted recent strong economic performance, according to excerpts released by the White House.
Mr Biden’s olive branch to the Republicans comes as he faces a divided Congress for the first time since he took office two years ago. A a new CBS News poll released on Tuesday showed that many Americans remain concerned about inflation and the economy, with nearly half saying Mr. Biden’s policies are hurting their own families’ finances.
“My economic plan is to invest in places and people that have been forgotten,” Mr. Biden said. “In the midst of the economic turmoil of the last four decades, too many people have been left out or treated as invisible. Maybe you’re the one watching at home. You remember the jobs that have gone. And you wonder if there’s a better way for you and your children to marched forward without retreating. I get it. That’s why we’re building an economy where no one is left behind. Jobs are coming back, honor is coming back because of the choices we’ve made in the last two years. This is a blueprint for blue-collar workers to rebuild America and make real change in your life.”
The speech came days after the government said the U.S added a staggering 517,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell to 3.4%, the lowest since 1969. Mr. Biden is likely to bring up the strong jobs numbers during his speech, touting them as a sign that the economy continues to grow even as inflation begins to ease.