WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement after President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

“President Biden laid out a positive, hopeful vision for how we can move our country forward and build back better – with a clear legislative agenda centered on opportunity, equity, and quality of life.

“The American Rescue Plan helped 160 million Americans pay overdue bills and put 200 million vaccine shots in arms, and now President Biden is building on this progress by launching an economic recovery that works for all. His American Jobs Plan to modernize infrastructure – to fix our roads and rail, improve internet access, and act on climate – will create millions of good paying jobs, and now, with the American Families Plan, he is putting forward a robust vision for domestic renewal through investment in education, health care, child care, tuition-free community college, and paid family leave.

“Now, we in Congress need to roll up our sleeves and work together to restore American competitiveness, breathe new life into a recovering economy, and invest in our families. Let’s get to work.”