Biden Hosts First Full Cabinet Meeting

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“We’re delivering on our promises”: Biden meets with full Cabinet for first time

By Ben Burke (Producer)

To mark six months in office, President Joe Biden held his first full Cabinet meeting Tuesday. It was also the first Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet room.

The video above includes comments from Biden at the meeting.

“The bottom line is we’re delivering on our promises,” President Biden said. “We have to deliver on all the promises we made because I think we’re in a situation where the vast majority of the public agrees with the essence of what we’re trying to do. And so I just think that we’re showing there’s nothing that America is not able to do while we do it together.”

The meeting included a progress report from Biden on topics such as the pandemic, infrastructure, and voting laws.

Talking about the pandemic, Biden said while cases are “down dramatically”, “we have to stay vigilant, especially with the Delta variant that’s out there.” Biden noted “virtually all of the COVID deaths and hospitalizations are from unvaccinated people”.

“And that’s why we’re focusing on our next phase on getting the unvaccinated vaccinated,” Biden said. “I know it seems like a constant uphill climb, but it’s gradually making progress. But we got way to go yet.”

Meanwhile, Biden says his infrastructure and families agenda must be passed to sustain economic momentum. “I think we’re on the cusp of not only getting us out of the hole, but setting us on a path that’s going to generate significant continued economic growth,” Biden said.

Overall, he is seeking more than $4 trillion in funding.

The bipartisan infrastructure agreement senators brokered with Biden appears to be hanging by a thread.

Senators are struggling to reach a compromise over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending.

Meanwhile, Republicans prepared to block Wednesday’s procedural vote with a filibuster, saying they need more time.

Also at the Cabinet meeting, Biden emphasized the need for his administration to address voting legislation, the immigration crisis, police reform, and crime.

Joe Biden, U.S. President: “First, the pandemic. I know folks are watching the number of cases rising again and wondering, quite frankly, what it means to them. But overall, overall, COVID-19 deaths are down dramatically, dramatically, and these last six months, about 90% down due to our vaccination program. And I want to thank you all for the great job you did and getting that done. But we have to stay vigilant, especially with the Delta variant that’s out there. While COVID-19 cases are rising, virtually all of the COVID death, virtually all of the COVID deaths and hospitalizations are from unvaccinated people. We say it again, virtually all from unvaccinated people. And that means the safest thing to do is to get vaccinated, get vaccinated. And that’s why we’re focusing on our next phase on getting the unvaccinated vaccinated. I know it seems like a constant uphill climb, but it’s gradually making progress. But we got way to go yet. With our bipartisan infrastructure framework and our Build Back Better plan, I think we can turn this this great movement into economic boom for some time to come. And I really mean, I think we’re on the cusp of not only getting us out of the hole, but setting us on a path that’s going to generate significant continued economic growth. And the American people are overwhelmingly supportive of our plans. That’s the part that a lot of our friends on the other team kind of miss. The polling data shows that they strongly support, strongly support our efforts for infrastructure. I think they’re a little tired of infrastructure week for four years in a row. I think we’re on the verge of being able to get something really done. There’s much more to be done and so much more to do. Tackling voting rights, which is an existential threat to democracy right now. The things that are being passed are just beyond the pale. The vice president has been working hard on this issue and going to continue to. We all are, but there’s much more to do. We have to tackle the immigration problem, which we’re working really hard to get done in a humane and serious way, police reform and crime. And the bottom line is we’re delivering on our promises. We have to deliver on all the promises we made because I think we’re in a situation where the vast majority of the public agrees with the essence of what we’re trying to do. And so I just think that we’re showing there’s nothing that America is not able to do while we do it together.”

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To mark six months in office, President Joe Biden held his first full Cabinet meeting Tuesday. It was also the first Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet room.

The video above includes comments from Biden at the meeting.

“The bottom line is we’re delivering on our promises,” President Biden said. “We have to deliver on all the promises we made because I think we’re in a situation where the vast majority of the public agrees with the essence of what we’re trying to do. And so I just think that we’re showing there’s nothing that America is not able to do while we do it together.”

The meeting included a progress report from Biden on topics such as the pandemic, infrastructure, and voting laws.

Talking about the pandemic, Biden said while cases are “down dramatically”, “we have to stay vigilant, especially with the Delta variant that’s out there.” Biden noted “virtually all of the COVID deaths and hospitalizations are from unvaccinated people”.

“And that’s why we’re focusing on our next phase on getting the unvaccinated vaccinated,” Biden said. “I know it seems like a constant uphill climb, but it’s gradually making progress. But we got way to go yet.”

Meanwhile, Biden says his infrastructure and families agenda must be passed to sustain economic momentum. “I think we’re on the cusp of not only getting us out of the hole, but setting us on a path that’s going to generate significant continued economic growth,” Biden said.

Overall, he is seeking more than $4 trillion in funding.

The bipartisan infrastructure agreement senators brokered with Biden appears to be hanging by a thread.

Senators are struggling to reach a compromise over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending.

Meanwhile, Republicans prepared to block Wednesday’s procedural vote with a filibuster, saying they need more time.

Also at the Cabinet meeting, Biden emphasized the need for his administration to address voting legislation, the immigration crisis, police reform, and crime.

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