United States President Joe Biden held his first formal press conference on March 25, revealing plans on doubling vaccination goals and addressing questions on immigration reform and voting rights.
With 30 reporters distanced from one another in the White House East Room, Biden announced his new goal of 200 million vaccine doses during his first 100 days as president, after reaching the original goal of 100 million doses last week on day 58.
After announcing the benefits made by his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, Biden faced immediate questions on his plans to address migrant surge, gun control, and the legislative filibuster, which he called “long-term problems.”
Biden said that the “most urgent problem” was the pandemic and the “economic dislocation” and that his administration will begin to focus on the other problems “one at a time.”
Biden said his administration “is attempting to rebuild the system” to accommodate the migrant surge at the southern border, but he also said that his administration would not ease laws to increase the number of people crossing the border, except for minors.
Regarding the filibuster, Biden said that the filibuster “is being abused in a gigantic way.”
Biden said there should only be a “talking filibuster,” but he also suggested he might go beyond it.
“If there’s complete lockdown and chaos as a consequence of the filibuster, then we’ll have to go beyond what I’m talking about,” Biden said.
Biden also revealed that he plans to run for reelection in 2024.
When asked about his plans to address gun control after the shootings in Georgia and Colorado, Biden said, “It’s a matter of timing.”
The press conference ended with no questions regarding the pandemic and the economy.
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