He repeated the White House's press secretary's claim that long-term unemployment benefits are having no impact on Americans seeking work, touted his massive spending plans, and called on employers to do more to attract workers, such as more sick-leave and increased wages.
Biden said a "new public private initiative was launched in April" to "improve cyber security." He again touted his American Jobs Plan, saying that this would help with cybersecurity as well.
Despite the low jobs numbers, Biden said that his administration has overseen 1.5 million jobs during the first three months. He slammed the Trump administration for only creating about 60,000 jobs per month, during a time when vaccines were not yet available for all citizens.
He said that the economic recovery would be difficult but determined, saying that we're "taking the right steps to keep it going." Much of what Biden had to say was to ameliorate high expectations, and to cover the administration's failures at increasing jobs by an additional 700,000 in April.
Biden said that a portal would be opened today to allow state and local governments to access funds from the American Rescue Plan. This would allow for an increase in hiring, bringing back state and local employees who were let go during the pandemic.
Assistance will be delivered to restaurants and bars, and 16,000 relief checks will be going out on Monday. He said this will increase employment. Biden said that the administration will support laid-off workers coming back with an unemployment share program, where businesses will be able to bring people back part time, while those workers keep some benefits.
Childcare is again a big component of Biden's plan to get women back into the workforce. Childcare centers that had to close during the pandemic will be getting funding so that parents can again outsource childcare and get back to work. Funds have been allocated specifically for childcare services. "This is the largest investment in childcare since World War II," he said, and the administration is instructing states on how best to use those funds. These guidelines include subsidies for states to give parents to pay for the new childcare.
He took aim at the unemployment numbers, saying that anyone who is on unemployment must take suitable work when it is offered. "It's easy to say, the line has been, that because of the generous unemployment benefits it's a major factor in unemployment services. Americans want to work," he said, and brought up his dad again.
It was Trump, he said, that is responsible for job losses and the "bungled response" the coronavirus despite the previous administration's massive Operation Warp Speed which facilitated the vaccine.
Biden said that people can't stay home if they have job offers on the table, and that employers need to "step up in a number of ways." He wants employers to get their workers sick-leave for vaccinations, and that wages need to rise. Companies, he said, would find "plenty of workers" if they provide "fair wages" and healthy working conditions.
The American Rescue Plan, with its year long spending strategy, it not enough, Biden said. That's why he's pushing the American Jobs Plan with its eight year spending horizon.
President Biden also addressed the cyberattack against the 5,500 mile Colonial Pipeline, which was taking off line by the oil company in order to curb security threats. He said there are "efforts underway" with both the DOJ and the FBI to prosecute cyber criminals.
Biden said that while there's "no evidence" that Russia was involved in the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, "there's evidence the ransomware is in Russia," and that they have some responsibility for that.