Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2021
Gov. Whitmer & Lt. Gov. Gilchrist on President Biden's Address to Congress
LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II released the following statements after President Biden delivered his first address as president before a joint session of Congress to highlight his administration's work during the first 100 days and outline his vision to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic:
"Tonight, as he approaches his 100th day in office on Friday, President Biden spoke to the American people about the promises he's delivered on and outlined his plans to help us build back better from the pandemic," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "His agenda makes game-changing investments in the fundamental, kitchen-table issues that I ran on-schools, small businesses, families, infrastructure-and towards our future. Thanks to the administration's competent leadership at every level, we have put over 230 million shots in arms, delivered checks to millions of Michigan's working families, and had meaningful conversations about policies and solutions instead of lurching from distraction to disaster. I am proud to have a partner in the White House, and I look forward to pairing the federal dollars available to us with state resources to create jobs, invest in our kids and schools, build up roads and bridges, and expand job training programs. Looking ahead, I urge Congress to pass the American Jobs and Families Plans so we can work together to create tens of millions of good-paying jobs, build up our infrastructure, and give families childcare, pre-K, and paid leave. Let's get it done."
"In this short amount of time, the Biden-Harris administration has made it clear that, even in the face of unprecedented challenges, our nation will build back better and set a path toward generational success as we overcome the COVID-19 pandemic," said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist. "This administration is recognizing the shortcomings of the systems in place-systems that often leave communities of color underserved and disconnected from opportunity. I am encouraged to see that President Biden shares Governor Whitmer's and my values regarding the importance of access to safer affordable childcare. As a father of three young children, I understand just how critical this is for Michigan families. The American Families Plan will provide economic security by equitably ensuring that everyone can contribute to our economy while caring for their loved ones. Clear, conscientious leadership has returned to the Oval Office with Biden-Harris administration, and I am confident that future policies and plans will be put in place that will protect, uplift, and inspire all Americans."