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State of the Union

CALL FOR UNITY President Biden speaks at the U.S. Capitol on March 1. SAUL LOEB—GETTY IMAGES/POOL

President Joe Biden gave the State of the Union address on March 1. He spoke before Congress at the United States Capitol.

Biden said Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, would “pay a price” for invading Ukraine. And he praised Ukrainians for defending their country. Putin “will never weaken the resolve of the free world,” he said.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the U.S. economy. Biden laid out plans to invest in manufacturing. This would make the U.S. less dependent on foreign goods, he said. He also called for lower costs on things like healthcare and childcare.

Biden said we are moving “back to more-normal routines.” But we must be ready for the next coronavirus variant. He outlined plans to continue fighting COVID-19 with free tests and medication. The U.S. is facing many challenges. But Biden said he was optimistic. “The state of the union is strong—because you, the American people, are strong.”

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