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Biden reveals American Families Plan ahead of first address to Congress

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President Biden is introducing a new family care plan, built with free pre-school and community college. Weijia Jiang reports on the latest details and previews the president's first speech to Congress tonight.

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- President Biden's address tonight, he's going to lay out an ambitious agenda tonight in his first address to a joint session of Congress. A day after a major update on the use of masks, he'll talk about his push to get more Americans vaccinated, and also a key pillar of his strategy to get the economy back in shape. The so-called American Families Plan would help struggling families pay for preschool and community college, in part, by raising taxes on the wealthy.

Weijia Jiang is at the White House for us. Weijia, good morning to you. That is just one part of what would be a pretty big ask from Congress. What else can we expect tonight?

WEIJIA JIANG: Good morning to you Tony, and good morning to everybody. President Biden's speech will be historic, both on the substance and the style, because of the pandemic and who is sitting behind him. For the first time, both spots will be filled by women, Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

About 200 people are expected to attend in person, compared to the normal 1,600. But the president will have a chance to unveil that latest legislative proposal to the American public, this time focusing on so-called human infrastructure.

Tonight on the eve of his 100th day in office, President Biden will introduce the American Families Plan. The administration said it would save the average family $13,000, and offer free preschool for all three- and four-year-olds, along with two free years of community college for all. It would also extend the child tax credit through 2025. Officials said tax reform and increases on the wealthiest Americans will pay for the nearly $2 trillion package.

The president's first address to Congress will cover his other priorities, too, police reform, immigration, gun safety, foreign policy, and ending the pandemic. On Tuesday, the CDC announced fully vaccinated people can ditch their masks outdoors if they're not in a big crowd.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: This is another great reason to go get vaccinated now.

WEIJIA JIANG: Ahead of tonight's speech, Democrats are praising the president's performance so far.

CHUCK SCHUMER: The average American needs to feel that they have a really bright and sunny future, something they haven't felt in a while.

WEIJIA JIANG: While Republicans are already pouncing.

JOHN KENNEDY: I knew the president would be left of center, and understand that elections have consequences. But I never thought he'd be left of Lenin.

- First 100 days as president, doesn't want bipartisanship.

WEIJIA JIANG: Advisors said President Biden is very involved in writing this speech. Tomorrow he will head to Georgia to kick off about a 10-day tour that will take top officials to around a dozen states to promote the American Families Plan. He is also expected to meet with former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Georgia. Gail.

- All right, Weijia Jiang, thank you. A lot to talk about there.