National CAPACD Responds to the State of the Union Address

Last night, President Biden delivered his State of the Union address, reflecting on the progress we have made as a country over the last two years under his leadership. National CAPACD applauds this Administration’s achievements, including the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, bold measures to modernize the country, create jobs and cut costs for all Americans, and tackle the climate crisis. While there is still much work to do, we recognize the Administration’s efforts to lead us through the COVID economic recovery – the unemployment rate is at a record low, 12 million new jobs were created under the current Administration, and 10 million Americans applied to start small businesses in the last two years. 

National CAPACD Executive Director Seema Agnani states “The Biden-Harris Administration has been clear in their commitment to move forward on issues that most deeply impact our communities. Last night, the President lifted the need for quality, affordable housing and health care, a fair tax system, and the protection of workers’ rights. He also addressed many of the most urgent threats to our communities by calling for the ban of assault weapons, legislation to protect LGBTQ Americans, the need to restore Roe v. Wade, a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, and safeguards to protect voting rights and our democracy.” 

“We appreciate the Administration’s efforts to address historic injustices that have left low-income communities of color and the places they live behind. And there is still much work to be done to manifest the calls to action in the State of the Union, work that cannot be done without close relationships to organizations that are rooted in the communities most harmed by systemic inequities.”

The State of the Union was a moment of reflection, but as President Biden reminded us, it is also an ‘inflection point,’ a reminder that the work we do together now will determine the possibilities for our communities for generations to come. National CAPACD will join the mandate to ‘finish the job’ by working in close partnership with the Administration so that low-income AA and NHPIs and communities of color are included and benefit from the President’s blueprint for America.