WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress:

“In tonight’s address, President Biden reminded us just how far we’ve come in the past 100 days. As we round the corner of the pandemic, we see the lighthouse on the horizon. More than two-thirds of seniors have been vaccinated and we’re getting economic relief out to those in need, including direct checks to most Americans and funds to small businesses at risk of closing their doors. 

“As President Biden outlined, there is still so much to do to ensure we not only recover, but also make sure our economy is positioned to bounce back – that includes investing in infrastructure, broadband, education, and more. At the same time, the high cost of childcare, education, and health care have made providing for a family and balancing a checkbook impossible for too many. I’m glad to see many provisions from my Marshall Plan for Moms that would address many of these issues in the President’s announcement. 

“With unprecedented attacks on the right to vote, we also need to take steps to defend our democracy. That starts with the For the People Act, landmark legislation I’m proud to co-lead with Senators Merkley and Schumer. And following the killing of Daunte Wright and countless other tragedies across the country, the Senate must take action to fix a system that has long been broken by passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. 

“We have made great progress, but this is just the beginning. With the administration and my colleagues in Congress, I’ll remain focused on building upon the foundation we built in the past 100 days to continue helping the American people.”

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