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‘Your vote changed the world’

Biden marks 100th day in office with Georgia rally

President Joe Biden marked his 100th day in office Thursday with a trip to the crucial electoral state of Georgia to promote multi-trillion dollar spending plans that he says can transform the United States. 

Addressing a drive-in rally at a Duluth, Georgia, car park, Biden praised the state for beating the odds last November and sending two Democrats -- Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff -- to the Senate.

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Those two upset wins secured the narrowest of congressional majorities for Biden, allowing him to push through a $1.9 trillion stimulus package soon after taking office and begin planning for another $4 billion in spending on infrastructure, social safety nets and education.

"Your vote changed the world," Biden told the socially distanced crowd to honks and cheers.

In the brief, upbeat speech, Biden echoed many of his themes from a major address on Wednesday to Congress.

Biden ran through his three mega-spending programs and said that getting them passed by Congress would result in "millions of good paying jobs" for ordinary Americans.

"Wall Street didn't build this country. You did. The middle class did and unions built the middle class," Biden said. Arguing for higher taxation of top earners to offset the cost of his latest spending package -- the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan -- Biden said "it's about time the very wealthy and corporations started paying their fair share."

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