Reaction To The President’s Message To A Joint Meeting Of Congress

Building back America’s middle class – the working families who have been the vital center of our nation’s economic strength and social progress – is exactly what our country has long needed.  The people have been ahead of the politicians in understanding that.  Especially after the severe challenges that our families have endured, it’s time that we invest in the American people, and for the American people.  That’s what the President’s jobs and family plans would do for Vermonters and all Americans. 

He is calling for once-in-a-generation investments in our children, in our families and in America’s economic future, to strengthen the foundations of middle class prosperity and energize our future.  He is rightly focusing on education, health care and child care, investments that our families need and deserve.  And I want to give a particular shout out to his efforts on addressing childhood hunger.

He also is pressing Congress to join in addressing the urgent threats of climate change.  As the longtime author and champion of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, I also applaud the President’s unwavering commitment to protecting voting rights for all Americans.  The right to vote is the right that gives democracy its name.  Defending it isn’t a Republican or a Democratic priority.  It is an American priority.  

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[Leahy, the President Pro Tem of the Senate, took part in heading the Senate’s official Escort Committee that accompanied the President to the House Chamber.]