U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement after attending President Biden’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress:

“In his first 100 days, President Biden has taken bold action to address multiple crises facing our country. In the midst of a global pandemic, he has led the way as we delivered much-needed relief for families, small businesses, and communities that are struggling. Tonight, he made clear that his administration is committed to building on this progress and making a once-in-a-generation investment to good-paying create jobs.”

“The American Families Plan is a historic investment in education, health care, and child care – the foundations of middle class prosperity. By investing in America’s children, families, and our economic future, we can pave a new road to the middle class for millions of people.”

“The American Families Plan will make education more affordable and expand opportunity by providing universal access to high-quality, free Pre-K for 3- and 4- year olds, making two years of community college free for all Americans, and increasing the maximum Pell Grant by $1,400 and allowing DREAMers to access this funding. It will provide families with a new level of economic security by providing comprehensive paid family and medical leave, expanding nutrition assistance and school meal programs, and bringing down the cost of child care. And it pays for these important initiatives with real tax reform that rewards work, not wealth, and makes certain everyone pays their fair share.”

“I was also pleased tonight that the President addressed his plans for police reform, immigration, gun safety, and crushing the pandemic so we can return to some sense of normalcy. This was a speech that spoke directly to the American people and to the challenges they are facing right now. Now, I look forward to working with the President, his administration, and my colleagues in Congress to deliver these results for the American people.”

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