Velázquez on President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress 100 Days into Administration
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden's Joint Address to Congress:
"Tonight, President Biden Spoke eloquently to the struggles and losses faced by Americans over the course of the past year as our nation has confronted a once-in-a-century global pandemic. The President displayed his keen empathy for the experiences of working families--from those struggling to meet the next rent payment to the small business owner trying to figure out how to protect the health of her employees and safely keep the doors open. The American Rescue Plan was an historic investment in rebuilding the livelihoods of working families in my district in New York City and across the country and is already helping to crush the virus and build this country back better.
"To mark the occasion of tonight's speech, I invited New York City restaurant owner and chef Amanda Cohen to be my virtual guest. Amanda told me that without federal assistance like the Paycheck Protection Program, her business would not have been able to survive this past year. Furthermore, it gives me hope that independent restaurant owners, as well as small entertainment venues, and a host of other businesses, are now able to access new relief programs that were passed under the American Rescue Plan.
"But as President Biden so forcefully conveyed in his speech tonight, we cannot stop now. Congress must pass similar bold and long-term solutions to address the systemic inequalities that have been laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. This means a robust infrastructure bill, and yes, public housing is infrastructure, and I am urging President Biden to commit $80 billion to revitalize NYCHA housing and other public housing units across America. It will mean passing the American Jobs Plan, the American Families Plan, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the Equality Act, the For the People Act, and so much more. Tonight, was an inspired plea for change, for a more just America for all its people."