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Maloney Statement on President Biden’s First Joint Address

May 5, 2021
Press Release

Maloney Statement on President Biden’s First Joint Address

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement in response to President Joseph R. Biden’s first address before a Joint Session of Congress:

“My top priority is delivering for the people of the Hudson Valley – that means winning the war against COVID-19 and rebuilding our economy better and stronger than before.

“In just under 100 days in office, the Biden administration has successfully overseen more than 200 million vaccine doses administered and delivered on a landmark $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that is literally saving lives in the Hudson Valley and across the country. 

“Now is the time for bold, decisive action. Together, the American Rescue Plan, Jobs Plan, and Families Plan are going to reinvest in the middle class and the future of our economy. Help has arrived, but there is more work ahead. I look forward to working closely with the Biden administration to deliver for the Hudson Valley and get our country back on track.”

Since taking office just 99 days ago, President Biden has worked tirelessly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and begin the process of building back better. Central to these efforts has been the American Rescue Plan, a historic $1.9 trillion relief package that has already succeeded in getting shots into arms, dollars into pockets, and children safely back into schools. The American Rescue Plan delivered over $40 billion directly to New York State, including $339 million directly to the four counties within New York’s 18th Congressional District. The plan has strong, bipartisan support in the Hudson Valley and its positive effects are already being felt throughout the Hudson Valley.

President Biden tonight also unveiled his American Families Plan, an ambitious, once-in-a-generation investment to rebuild the middle class and invest in America’s future. The plan will be critical toward recovery efforts in the Hudson Valley. The proposal will:

  • Make education more affordable and expand opportunity though transformational investments, including universal access to high-quality, free Pre-K for 3- and 4- year-olds, and making two years of community college free for all Americans.
  • Provide comprehensive paid family and medical leave, allowing workers to take the time they need to care for themselves or loved ones.
  • Expand tax credits that help workers and families, including:
  • Making the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit permanent, providing up to $4,000 to cover expenses related to care for a child under age 13,
  • Making the Earned Income Tax Credit Expansion for Childless Workers permanent, benefitting 17 million low-wage workers, many of whom are essential and child care workers,
  • Extending the Child Tax Credits increases in the American Rescue Plan for another five years – increasing tax credits for child under 6 from $2,000 to $3,600 and for child over 6 from $2,000 to $3,000,
  • Lower health care costs by making the American Rescue Plan’s health insurance premium reductions permanent, saving families an average of $50 per person per month.
  • Reform the tax code to reward work, not wealth, by making sure the wealthy pay what they owe and increasing the top tax rate on the wealthiest Americans to 39.6 percent

In his address tonight, and throughout the course of his first 100 days in office, President Biden has made it clear that we will win the battle against COVID-19 and build back better. Rep. Maloney looks forward to continuing to work alongside the Biden administration to deliver for the American people and for the Hudson Valley.