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Thank you. Good to be back. Anyway, thank you all. Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President — applause — no President has ever said those words from this podium. Throughout our history, Presidents have come to this chamber to speak to Congress, to the nation, and to the world to declare war, to celebrate peace, to announce new plans and possibilities.
Tonight, I come to talk about crisis and opportunity, about rebuilding the nation, revitalizing our democracy, and winning the future for America. I stand here tonight, one day shy of the th day of my administration — days since I took the oath of office and lifted my hand off our family Bible and inherited a nation — we all did — that was in crisis. The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War. Now, after just days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again — applause — turning peril into possibility, crisis to opportunity, setbacks into strength.
We all know life can knock us down. But in America, we never, ever, ever stay down. Americans always get up. After days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for takeoff, in my view. We had to act. And thanks to the extraordinary leadership of Speaker Pelosi; Malor- — Majority Leader Schumer; and the overwhelming support of the American people — Democrats, independents, and Republicans — we did act. Together we passed the American Rescue Plan — one of the most consequential rescue packages in American history.
Today, 90 percent of Americans now live within five miles of a vaccination site. Everyone over the age of 16 — everyone is now eligible to get vaccinated right now, right away. Go get vaccinated, America. Go and get the vaccination. One hundred days later, 70 percent of seniors in America over 65 are protected — fully protected. And more than half of all the adults in America have gotten at least one shot.
She said she then got vaccinated at a — at a large site, in her car.
She said she sat in her car, when she got vaccinated, and just cried — cried out of joy and cried out of relief. Grandparents hugging their children and grandchildren instead of pressing hands against a window to say goodbye.
It means everything. Those things mean everything. But tonight I can say it: Because of you, the American people, our progress these past days against one of the worst pandemics in history has been one of the greatest logistical achievements — logistical achievements this country has ever seen.
What else have we done in those first days? You all know it when you go home. One of the defining images, at least from my perspective, of this crisis has been cars lined up — cars lined up for miles. And not — not people who just barely ever start those cars — nice cars lined up for miles, waiting for a box of food to be put in their trunk.
And all of this is through no fault of their own. No fault of their own these people are in this position. During these days, an additionalAmericans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act when I established the special -up period to do that —in that period.
Critical investments to address the opioid crisis. And in the process, while this was all going on, the economy created more than 1, new jobs in days — more jobs in the first — applause — more jobs in the first days than any President on record. The International Monetary Fund — applause — the International Monetary Fund is now estimating our economy will grow at a rate of more than 6 percent this year. That will be the fastest pace of economic growth in this country in nearly four decades. We have to compete more strenuously than we have. Throughout our history, if you think about it, public investment and infrastructure has literally transformed America — our attitudes, as well as our opportunities.
The transcontinental railroad, the interstate highways united two oceans and brought a totally new age of progress to the United States of America. Universal public schools and college aid opened wide the doors of opportunity.
These are the investments we made together as one country, and investments that only the government was in a position to make. Time and again, they propel us into the future. This is the largest jobs plan since World War Two. It creates jobs to upgrade our transportation infrastructure; jobs modernizing our ro, bridges, highways; jobs building ports and airports, rail corridors, transit lines.
And in the process, it will create thousands and thousands of good-paying jobs. This is going to help our kids and our businesses succeed in the 21st-century economy. It creates jobs, building a modern power grid. Our grids are vulnerable to storms, hacks, catastrophic failures — with tragicas we saw in Texas and elsewhere during the winter storms. The American Jobs Plan will create jobs that will lay thousands of miles of transmission lines needed to build a resilient and fully clean grid. We can do that. Look, the American Jobs Plan will help millions of people get back to their jobs and back to their careers.
Two million women have dropped out of the workforce during this pandemic — two million. Eight hundred thousand families are on a Medicare waiting list right now to get homecare for their aging parent or loved one with a disability. Medicaid contemplated it, but this plan is going to help those families and create jobs for our caregivers with better wages and better benefits, continuing a cycle of growth.
Electrical workers — IBEW members — installingcharging stations along our highways so we can own — applause — so we can own the electric car market. Farmers — farmers planting cover crops so they can reduce the carbon dioxide in the air and get paid for doing it. No reason. I mean, there is no reason. We have this capacity. We have the brightest, best-trained people in the world. Buy American.
And I might note, parenthetically — applause — that does not — that does not violate any trade agreement. American tax dollars are going to be used to buy American products made in America to create American jobs. And I made it clear to all my Cabinet people.
Their ability to give exemptions has been exstrenuously [sic] limited. It will be American products. Now I know some of you at home are wondering whether these jobs are for you. I want to speak directly to you. It is a — it is an eight-year program. The American Jobs Plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build America.
The middle class built the country, and unions built the middle class. No one — no one working 40 hours a week — no one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line. We need to ensure greater equity and opportunity for women. And finally, the American Jobs Plan will be the biggest increase in nondefense research and development on record. Decades ago, we used to invest 2 percent of our gross domestic product in America — Blk top looking for clean white latino bottom percent of our gross domestic product — in research and development.
Today, Mr. China and other countries are closing in fast. We have to develop and dominate the products and technologies of the future: advanced batteries, biotechnology, computer chips, clean energy. It meant a lot. But so many of us have deceased sons, daughters, and relatives who died of cancer. I can think of no more worthy investment.
I know of nothing that is more bipartisan. And I applaud a group of Republican senators who just put forward their own proposal. I wanted to lay out, before the Congress, my plan before we got into the deep discussions. I welcome those ideas.
But the rest of the world is not waiting for us. I just want to be clear: From my perspective, doing nothing is not an option. Secretary Blinken can tell you, I spent a lot of time with President Xi — traveled over 17, miles with him; spent, they tell me, over 24 hours in private discussions with him. When he called to congratulate me, we had a two-hour discussion. To win that competition for the future, in my view, we also need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families and our children.
First is access to a good education. When this nation made 12 years of public education universal in the last century, it made us the best-educated, best-prepared nation in the world. But the world has caught up, or catching up. They are not waiting. I doubt it. Twelve years is no longer enough today to compete with the rest of the world in the 21st Century.
The great universities of this country have conducted studies over the last 10 years. It shows that adding two years of universal high-quality preschool for every three-year-old and four-year-old, no matter what background they come from, it puts them in the position to be able to compete all the way through 12 years.
It increases exponentially their prospect of graduating and going on beyond graduation. The research shows when a young child goes to school — not daycare — they are far more likely to graduate from high school and go to college or something after high school. When you add two years of free community college on top of that, you begin to change the dynamic. Jill was a community college professor who teaches today as First Lady.
She has long said — applause. She has long — applause. Thank you, Jill. Second thing we need: American Families Plan will provide access to quality, affordable childcare. We guarantee — applause. Third, the American Families Plan will finally provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave and medical leave — family and medical leave. No one should have to choose between a job and paycheck or taking care of themselves and their loved ones —- a parent, a spouse, or. And fourth, the American Family Plan puts directly into the pockets of millions of Americans. In March, we expanded a tax credit for every child in a family.
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