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Week Ending April 30, 2021 — President Biden Gives First Joint Address to Congress

by | May 21, 2021

On April 28, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., gave his first joint address to Congress marking his first 100 days in office. During the speech, President Biden outlined the second part of the Administration’s Build Back Better agenda: the American Families Plan. Widely referred to as a “human infrastructure package,” the $1.8 trillion plan focuses on issues like childcare, family leave, tax reform, and education. President Biden stated his plan to build on the Affordable Care Act and lower prescription drug costs for everyone. While not explicitly included in the outline of the American Families Plan, during his address, President Biden called on Congress to pass legislation allowing for Medicare drug price negotiation, signaling interest in passing additional reforms later this year, and separately from the Families Plan.