— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) April 29, 2021
— Rachel Van Dongen (@RachelVanD) April 29, 2021
… President Biden announced the veep would take the lead on the issue during his first address to a slimmed-down joint session of Congress, where he touted his proposal to create new jobs through investment in expanding Internet access. Biden said his Americans Jobs Plan, which includes $100 billion for broadband expansion, will ensure that rural Americans who still don’t have access to fast Internet connections can get online.
“It’s going to help our kids and business succeed in the 21st century economy,” Biden said. “And I’m asking the vice president to lead this effort, if she will, because I know it will get done.”
The announcement signals that closing the digital divide is a top priority for the administration during the pandemic…
Harris is taking on the broadband work at a critical point, as the world is watching to see if she emerges as the clear heir apparent to lead the Democratic Party after Biden, as my colleague Cleve R. Wootson Jr. wrote earlier this week. Biden also announced she would lead the administration’s work on immigration, and he has also kept his promise to have Harris be the last person in the room when important decisions are being made.
“Among other things, he’s already put the Vice President in charge of handling the immigration crisis, and to me, that means that he trusts her to tackle big challenges,” Sohn said…
“No, I don’t think America is a racist country, but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today," VP Harris tells CBS. "I applaud the president for always having the ability and the courage to speak the truth about it."
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 29, 2021
— PLAYING POLITICS (@PlayingPolitics) April 29, 2021