Vice President Kamala Harris hit the road Thursday to make the case for two hefty legislative packages the Biden administration says are needed to set up the economy for life after the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they would add jobs and continue growth.
During a mostly upbeat speech in Baltimore, President Joe Biden’s No. 2 offered something of a pep talk on their 100th day in office for a country that has been waylaid by the virus for 13 months. She predicted the country’s “endurance” and “aspiration,” both of which put men on the moon and spurred construction of vast swaths of railroads during the Civil War, would lead to a stronger post-coronavirus United States.
However, she mostly ignored the deep, and sometimes violent, political divisions and anger that often make such rosy speeches feel a bit tone-deaf. For instance, Republican lawmakers reacted angrily to Biden’s fist session of Congress address, greeting it with charges of “socialism,”