For the first time since the beginning of his presidency, the American leader Joe Biden will speak before Congress this Wednesday on the eve of the symbolic milestone of 100 days in office. He will present a 1.8 trillion dollar plan “for American families” and is expected to boast about his record.
On the eve of the symbolic milestone of 100 days of presidency, Joe Biden speaks this Wednesday in the United States in a highly anticipated speech. It will be the first time that the American president will address the Congress. It will be the occasion for him to make a first assessment of his action, after a beginning of mandate carried out with a lot of energy. More than 40% of the American population has received a first dose of a vaccine against Covid-19. The economy is picking up again and Joe Biden should make some announcements on this point.
A $1.8 trillion plan “for American families.”
The Democratic president is going to decline his “Project for American Families.” It is ambitious and is already drawing the ire of Republicans. In total, the plan is worth $1.8 trillion ($1 trillion in investments and $800 billion in tax cuts for the middle class) to reduce inequality, improve access to education and childcare. It should be financed by tax increases for the very rich. Joe Biden will propose to cancel the tax cuts for the richest voted under Donald Trump, and to increase taxes on capital income for the wealthiest 0.3% of Americans.
With this new example of a presidency that has been led on the left for three months, Joe Biden has taken up his reformist line. He wants to put the state back at the heart of the economy, as evidenced by his $2 trillion infrastructure modernization project.
Joe Biden will need the votes of the Republicans
In his speech, the American leader should also come back to his record: starting with his promise concerning the vaccination campaign with 215 million doses injected in 100 days. Joe Biden knows, however, that he will need the votes of the Republicans in the coming months to pass his entire program. Negotiations with the opposition are already shaping up to be difficult on immigration, police and gun control reforms, for example.
In the United States, the audience will be sparse on Wednesday night because of the health protocol. But there will be one symbolic image: that of two women sitting right behind the President of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, and Kamala Harris, the American vice-president.