President Joe Biden has used his first major address to a joint sitting in Congress to warn that America’s democracy will continue to be the dominance force in the 21st century.
President Biden outlined a slew of policies in his address and vowed to work with Democrats and Republicans to deliver his ambitious agenda.
The address on Wednesday was President Biden’s first and came a day before he marked 100 days in office.
Normally a joint session has 1,600 people however just 200 people attended due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“As we gather here tonight, the images of a violent mob assaulting this Capitol—desecrating our democracy—remain vivid in our minds,” President Biden said.
“The insurrection was an existential crisis—a test of whether our democracy could survive. Can our democracy deliver on the most pressing needs of our people?
“Can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hate and fears that have pulled us apart? America’s adversaries – the autocrats of the world – are betting it can’t.
“They believe we are too full of anger and division and rage.
“They look at the images of the mob that assaulted this Capitol as proof that the sun is setting on American democracy.
They are wrong. And we have to prove them wrong.”