Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday while President Joe Biden delivered an address to a joint session of Congress.
Positioned on the dais behind President Biden, Harris and Pelosi became the first women to lead a joint session of Congress.
Though Pelosi — who in 2007 became the first woman elected as Speaker of the House — had previously sat behind President Bush, President Obama and President Trump at the podium, this was a first for Harris, who is the first woman, and the first Asian American and Black Vice President in U.S. history.
“Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium. No president has ever said those words. And it’s about time,” Biden began his speech, commemorating the groundbreaking moment.
Prior to Biden’s address, Harris and Pelosi were photographed greeting each other with elbow bumps, both in face masks.
While appearing on MSNBC earlier that day, Pelosi spoke about the history-making moment.
"It's pretty exciting. And it's wonderful to make history. It's about time," she said on “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” "I made history when I was the first speaker to be standing behind President Bush. And he made note of that. Now this is just so exciting."
In his speech, Biden spoke out about a number of issues affecting our nation, including the coronavirus pandemic, gun control, and the economy.
The President not only encouraged Congress to raise the national minimum wage to $15, but to also pass the Paycheck Fairness Act in order to address the gender pay gap in America.
“And by the way, while you’re thinking about sending things to my desk, let’s raise the minimum wage to $15. No one, no one working 40 hours a week, no one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line. We need to ensure greater equity and opportunity for women,” he said.
“And while we’re doing this, let’s get the Paycheck Fairness Act to my desk as well. Equal pay. It’s been much too long. And if you wonder whether it’s been too long, look behind me.”
At the end of his address, Biden expressed optimism for the future of our nation as “there is not a single thing — nothing, nothing beyond our capacity.”
“Folks — as I’ve told every world leader I’ve met with over the years — it’s never, ever, ever been a good bet to bet against America and it still isn’t. We are the United States of America. There is not a single thing — nothing, nothing beyond our capacity. We can do whatever we set our mind to if we do it together. So let’s begin to get together,” he declared.
“God bless you all, and may God protect our troops. Thank you for your patience.”