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San Francisco and California leaders weigh in on President Joe Biden's speech

Ed Walsh

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President Joe Biden speaks before a joint session of Congress WednesdayThe White House

Elected representaives from both sides of the aisle in San Francisco and throughout the State of California are weighing in on President Joe Biden's speech before a joint session of Congress Wednesday evening.

San Francisco Congresswoman and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the CBS Morning News on Thursday, "It was exciting when I was the first Speaker, as President Bush acknowledged that.  But this was more than double.  It had a synergy to it.  It was something very, very special.  But what made it even more important: we're there sending a message.  The sky's the limit for girls and women.  That’s important.  But what was important is that the President's speech reflected that importance.  It was a speech that was a triumph for women, for women in the workplace, for women at home.  Violence against women, he talked about.  He talked about equal pay for equal work.  He talked about family and medical leave.  He talked about Building Back Better for our country, and to do so we had to have the fuller participation of women.  That was throughout his speech.  So, I think it was a triumph for women, for families, for children, for all Americans."

But California's Republican Party Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s Address to Congress: “It’s only been 100 days, but already Americans have seen this Administration’s agenda for what it is: divisive, partisan and weak. President Biden and Vice President Harris are committed to raising taxes, destroying jobs, and kowtowing to the far left that is more interested in declaring a war on American energy than getting children back in school. Tonight is a reminder of why we need new leadership in Washington. California Republicans are ready to do our part to take back Congress, ensure Leader Kevin McCarthy becomes Speaker Kevin McCarthy and stand up to the Democrats’ radical agenda.”

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), who replaced Vice President Kamala Harris's vacated Senate seat, issued this statement after President Biden delivered his inaugural address to a joint session of Congress: “What a difference a President and a Democratic Majority makes. In the first 100 days, we have delivered COVID relief to Californians and the American people with shots in arms, money in pockets, and sweeping anti-poverty initiatives, including an expansion of the Child Tax Credit. As we rebuild from the pandemic, we must aim higher than a return to normal. The status quo wasn’t working for millions of Americans – especially Black and Brown communities like the one I grew up in Pacoima. This moment calls for bold action to deliver on behalf of all American families.”

Speaker Pelosi said President Biden's proposals are an investment in America. The San Francisco Congresswoman told CBS, "What we're talking about here are investments.  Nothing brings more money to the Treasury than the investment in education that we make.  Early childhood – and the President has universal pre-K, early childhood, K-12, higher education that he talked about.  Lifetime learning for our workers.  All a part of the plan that he is putting forth.  All of that brings more money than anything back to the Treasury.  So, these are investments.  And they – all of a sudden, they're deficit hawks when they were giving away money to the wealthiest people in our country under President Trump. :

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