(Fox News) President Biden, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, Wednesday night, laid out his vision for America, through a slew of policy proposals and a legislative wish list, while vowing to work with both Republicans and Democrats to deliver on his agenda.
Biden delivered his address, which lasted just over an hour, from the House chamber Wednesday night, outlining proposals from continuing to address the coronavirus pandemic, to his jobs package, to universal preschool, healthcare, immigration reform, gun control, foreign policy and more.
“My fellow Americans, while the setting tonight is familiar, this gathering is just a little bit different. A reminder of the extraordinary times we’re in,” Biden said upon taking the podium.
Typically, there are approximately 1,600 people at a presidential address of this kind, but due to social distancing requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, only approximately 200 guests were in attendance, including 80 House members and 60 senators.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind. District 2) released the following statement on President Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress:
“President Biden has made a habit of calling for bipartisanship and unity but doing just the opposite. Over the last 100 days, he and Speaker Pelosi have partnered to add trillions in government spending without Republican input while plotting massive tax hikes to pay for their progressive wish list.
“These actions have further divided the country, deepened our fiscal crisis, and put our economic recovery in jeopardy. Small businesses are struggling to hire workers because of enhanced unemployment benefits. Workers are bracing for job-killing taxes and regulations. Families are seeing rising prices at the gas pump and the grocery store.
“It’s time for the president to set aside partisan rhetoric and radical policies and begin working with Republicans to solve our nation’s many challenges.”