President Joe Biden pauses briefly to speak to the press as he approaches Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.
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President Joe Biden warned, despite announcing Friday’s exceptionally positive job report and the increasing pace of vaccination in the US: Progress can still be undone if Americans do not moderate their behavior to stop the spread of Covid-19.
“Too many Americans pretend this fight is over,” said Biden. “It is not.”
The comments followed news that the number of non-farm workers rose 916,000 during the month, beating economists’ expectations of a 675,000 increase, according to a survey by Dow Jones. Biden also announced that the U.S. set a record for vaccinations Thursday to end the first seven-day period in which the country administered 20 million shots.
But the president reminded Americans that there is still a long way to go, both to rebuild the economy and to end the pandemic.
“While the earliest signs from this job report announced today are promising and the American bailout plan is making a real difference, today’s report also reminds us of how deep we started in a hole,” said Biden. “After a year of devastation, there are still 8.4 million fewer jobs today than in March last year.”
When it comes to containing the virus, Biden urged Americans to “buckle your seat belts and stay vigilant on this home stretch”.
The president discussed his new $ 2 trillion infrastructure package, which was unveiled on Wednesday, to ensure the country continues to create jobs and strengthen the economy. The package has already been pushed back by Republicans, some claiming the bill is too broad, while some progressives from his own party feel it doesn’t go far enough.
Biden said he was open to discussion of his proposals, but Congress needed to act.
“Changes to my plan are safe. But inaction is not an option,” he said.
Despite Republican opposition to his infrastructure package, Biden believes lawmakers are being urged to act by their voters.
“I think Republican voters will have a lot to say about whether we can do much of this,” he said.
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