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Biden is ready to discuss progress and setbacks one year into his term

WASHINGTON (AP), -- President Joe Biden, one year into a presidency marked by lofty ambitions but at times frustrating shortfalls will attempt to calm anxious Americans as he holds a rare news conference and asks for patience in navigating the difficulties of delivering on his long list of tasks.

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Biden is ready to discuss progress and setbacks one year into his term

Biden did not indicate that he believed a reset was necessary in advance of the session which is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). This will be Biden's 365th day in office. His appearance came as Democrats' long-running efforts to reform the nation's voter laws seemed to be in ruins on Capitol Hill, and as Biden's huge social spending package continues to stagnate.

Biden will have the opportunity to showcase his achievements at the East Room event. He was certain to highlight the bipartisan Infrastructure Law he enacted under his watch, the country's progress in fighting COVID-19, and the roaring economy.

It is still a dangerous time for Biden. The country is being ravaged by another wave of viral cases, and inflation has reached a new high. Biden's approval ratings have dropped sharply in his first year of office, and Democrats are bracing themselves for a midterm defeat if he doesn't make things right.

Biden only held six news conferences in his first year of office. This gathering will highlight the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. Only a few reporters will be permitted to attend. All will need to be tested for the virus, and will all be required to wear masks.

According to the White House, Biden will use his appearance to show progress and also to talk to the public about the challenges ahead.

Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, stated Tuesday that "the work is not finished, the job has not been completed, and we are not communicating it is." "So, our objective and what I believe the president will talk about tomorrow is how to build upon the foundation that we laid in the previous year.

She said that voting rights are Biden's concern. Her view is "that it's never good to not shoot for the moon with your proposals and what you're fighting on behalf of." The alternative is to fight hard for nothing, and fight for nothing at all.

Despite his best efforts to unite the nation in the common cause to defeat the virus, the enduring impact COVID-19 has weighed heavily on Biden's presidency. Biden, as a candidate, promised to restore normalcy in a nation that was plagued by pandemics. However, there are still overcrowded hospitals and shortages of grocery stores, and fierce divisions about vaccine mandates.

On the Senate floor, Democrats are currently on track to lose a vote for changing the rules of the chamber in order to pass voting reform legislation. Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona. This will highlight the limitations on Biden’s influence, barely one week after he gave an emotional speech in Atlanta where he compared opponents to segregationists. He exhorted senators to take action.

Manchin stopped Biden's nearly $2 trillion bill to address climate change, child poverty, and expand the social security net. It was paid for by new taxes on wealthy. The bill, which includes much of the legacy Biden wants to leave behind, is currently on hold as Democrats wait for Biden's guidance on how to proceed.

The bill was originally viewed as a home for progressive priorities. But now Democrats recognize the need to deliver another achievement to voters in the midterms year. They are starting to negotiate a package that can defeat Manchin's reticence.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that she was open to "anything" to help her cross the finish line. "We need to do our best to cross the finish line.

Dick Durbin, Senate Democratic whip, encouraged Biden to be honest and realistic in his remarks to Americans. He spoke especially about the harsh realities of a divided Senate with 50-50 members. Any one lawmaker could block Biden's agenda.

Durbin, D.Ill., said Tuesday that an agenda must appeal to voters and be realistic on Capitol Hill. It's okay to have an ambitious agenda. But it must come down to the hard reality of producing votes.

After suffering rebukes during the midterm elections, recent Democratic presidents have made course corrections. After being beaten in 1994, President Bill Clinton moved in a more moderate direction. President Barack Obama had to recalibrate his course after admitting he'd been "shellacked" during the 2010 midterms.

Biden for his part is signaling that he's not ready to make a big shift in policy direction after recent setbacks. His White House promises to work hard to keep its promises.

As the U.S. attempts to unite an international coalition to help East Europe, his words will be closely scrutinized at home as well as abroad.

Psaki stated Tuesday that Russia is now at a point where it could launch an attack on Ukraine at any time. He reiterated that the U.S. would impose severe economic sanctions on Russia and its allies if it seizes any additional territory in Ukraine.

Robert Gibbs, former Obama press secretary, called for Biden to address Americans' concerns about the future.

He stated that President Biden must reassure Americans that he understands their economic concerns. This includes inflation. His administration is focused on getting the country back in balance by increasing testing availability and working to keep schools open.

Gibbs said that he should not try to win in one event or prove what he has accomplished. Instead, he should live where anxious Americans are and talk about the road ahead rather than the road traveled.

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