In response to President Biden’s State of the Union address, The Century Foundation President and former deputy director of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council Mark Zuckerman released the following statement:

“President Biden’s State of the Union address this evening laid out a vision for ambitious, progressive policy change that would drastically improve the lives of the American people.

“The historic accomplishments of President Biden’s first year in office—including the passage of the American Rescue Plan and critical investments in our country’s infrastructure—have set the stage for what is to come. Tonight, the president made clear that his administration will continue fighting for a pro-worker, pro-family domestic agenda, including steps to address the child care crisis, reshape health care policy, make college more affordable, combat climate change, and much more. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, these issues are of critical importance, impacting Americans’ lives today as well as our collective future.

“President Biden’s address tonight gives many reasons for hope that, despite the significant challenges we face at home and abroad, the coming year will be defined by further progress toward building a more equitable and just America.”