President Biden took questions tonight at CNN's town hall in Ohio on a number of key issues affecting Americans today.
He talked about infrastructure, voting rights, the economy and the Covid-19 pandemic. Biden also blasted critics who continue to downplay the Jan. 6 insurrection.
In case you missed tonight's town hall, here are some of the key takeaways:
- Infrastructure: Biden said he believes that the current infrastructure bill will move forward after Monday's procedural vote. He went on to say that he still believes bipartisanship can produce results in Congress, but conceded that the Trump-era did severe damage to working across the aisle.
- Voting rights and the filibuster: Biden also said that he wants to sign federal voting rights with GOP support. Biden acknowledged that the rule is a relic of the Jim Crow era, but added, "There's no reason to protect it other than you're going to throw the entire Congress into chaos and nothing will get done, nothing at all will get done. And there's a lot at stake."
- The economy: He said fears about inflation are legitimate but added that he believes the chances of long-term inflation are slim. "The vast majority of the experts, including Wall Street, are suggesting that it's highly unlikely that it's going to be long-term inflation that's going to get out of hand," Biden said. "There will be near-term inflation because everything is now trying to be picked back up," he added. The President also said certain hospitality industries may continue to struggle. "I think your business and the tourist business is really going to be in a bind for a little while," Biden told the owner and co-founder of a restaurant group.
- The Jan. 6 insurrection: Biden continued to call for an investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection, saying, “I don’t care if you think I’m Satan reincarnate, the fact is you can’t look at that television and say, nothing happened on the 6th."
- Immigration: Biden once again pledged to fight for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, telling CNN's Don Lemon that he's "not letting this go." While speaking about Dreamers, Biden sternly said: "They come here with really no choice and they're good, good people."
Read more takeaways from tonight's town hall here.