Biden to advocate tax and police reforms in annual speech

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Biden to push for tax and policing reforms in annual speech

United States President Joe Biden exiting the Marine One helicopter on Monday , on the eve of his State of the Union address.

Joe Biden will deliver a State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday evening, an annual meeting of American politics during which the Democratic president will face Republican elected officials who question its legitimacy, while the population is concerned about the direction the country is taking.

The speech, Joe Biden's first in a full session of Congress since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in January in midterm elections last November, is also expected to allow the White House tenant to lay the groundwork for his campaign for re-election next year.

Joe Biden is expected to explain ways to reinvigorate the post-COVID-19 pandemic US economy, highlight plans for massive infrastructure investment of the country and the measures adopted last year to combat inflation.

While Joe Biden's approval rating rose by one percentage point, to 41% in favor, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll concluded on Sunday, this is almost a low since he arrived in the House- Blanche in January 2021.

65% of Americans surveyed said they thought the country was on the wrong track, up from 58% a year earlier.

The Democratic president will urge Congress to build on the historic bipartisan successes achieved last year on a unity agenda centered on, among other things, advances in scientific research, support for veterans of military and the fight against the opiate epidemic, the White House said.

During this prime-time speech on Wednesday, Joe Biden will discuss reforms on a range of topics, including the police, an issue that once again came to the fore with the death last month of Tire Nichols following a police attack. #x27;a violent intervention by the police. Tyre Nichols' mother and stepfather were invited to attend the speech by First Lady Jill Biden.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">RowVaughn Wells, mother of Tyre Nichols, and her husband Rodney Wells meet the media on Capitol Hill hours before President Biden's State of the Union address.

Joe Biden will push Congress to tighten restrictions on arms sales, the White House has said. He will also present an economic wish list – such as a tax floor for millionaires – many of which should not become law, the US presidency said.

On foreign policy, Joe Biden is expected to highlight Washington's role in the Western response to Russia's offensive in Ukraine, but also the tensions with China, illustrated recently by the presence of a spy balloon over US territory.

Joe Biden's advisers pitch the speech, which is expected to be viewed live by millions, as a turning point for his second election campaign, which he is expected to officially launch in the next weeks.

80-year-old Joe Biden would be 82 at the start of a possible second presidential term, a figure that worries many Democratic voters, according to recent polls.

Tuesday evening, the Democratic president will face him emboldened Republican elected officials who are eager to put the Conservatives through the bills, after four years of Democratic control of the House of Representatives, despite internal divisions.

Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who will take his first place behind Joe Biden on the dais, is in conflict with the Democratic president over the question of the American debt ceiling, which must be raised in the coming months to avoid a payment default.

Some elected Republicans are also questioning Joe Biden's electoral victory in 2020 and have expressed their intention to investigate the actions of his administration and his family.