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April 28, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on President Biden’s Address to Congress

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement tonight following President Joe Biden’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress as he marks 100 days in office:

“Tonight, President Biden offered a unifying vision for America and a path forward to address the many crises facing our country. As he approaches 100 days in office, it is clear that America has the leadership necessary to live up to its promise, face these crises head on, and build back better. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Congress passed, the new Administration already deserves much credit: the progress made stopping the spread of COVID-19 and vaccinating the American people was unthinkable just a few months ago.

“I agree with President Biden that it is long past time that we come together to fix our broken immigration system and pass immigration reforms that are in line with our longstanding American values. Thankfully his Administration is restarting programs that get at the root causes of migration and I look forward to working with Vice President Harris on these efforts that have already shown progress. We also must protect Dreamers and help those escaping violence and natural disasters.

“Whether it is ending coronavirus pandemic, fixing our broken immigration system, confronting Russia on cyber-attacks, or addressing the domestic terrorism threat, there is much work to do. I stand ready to work with the Administration and my colleagues on both sides to put politics aside and work on actual solutions to get the country back on track. The American people expect nothing less.” 

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