‘We Have to Prove Democracy Still Works’

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Yesterday, President Biden gave his first address to a joint session of Congress.

The speech touched on a variety of themes, from the immigration system to foreign policy. The real focus of the speech, however, was his expansive vision for the role of American government.

He detailed his proposals for investing in America’s economic future — spending plans that total $4 trillion.

We analyze the president’s address and his vision for remaking the American economy.

On today’s episode

Jim Tankersley, a White House correspondent for The New York Times.

Background reading

President Biden laid out an ambitious agenda on Wednesday night to rewrite the American social contract. Invoking the legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mr. Biden unveiled a $1.8 trillion dollar social spending plan to accompany previous proposals.

Read highlights from the president’s first address to Congress here.

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Jim Tankersley contributed reporting.

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