CAPAC Chair Statement on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

Mar 1, 2022

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), issued the following statement on President Biden’s first State of the Union Address tonight:

“Tonight, President Biden laid out his vision to build a better America for all of us. This is especially important for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. We need to help AAPI families get back to work and back on their feet and that is precisely what the President detailed tonight. For starters, the pandemic exposed the deep inequalities in these communities, especially when it comes to healthcare. That is why I’m so grateful to the President for his plans to keep the costs of prescription drugs down, extend the Child Tax Credit, and ensure affordable housing, all three of which are areas where AAPI families were hit the hardest over the past year. Additionally, his commitment to providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers, and essential workers, including millions of AAPI immigrants, is a promise to keep our communities whole and our economy growing. Finally, I appreciate the President continuing to speak out about the ongoing plague of anti-Asian violence in our country which has led to over 10,000 anti-Asian hate incidents since the start of the pandemic alone. Thanks to President Biden, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act is now signed into law, and next, we in Congress must make sure it is fully funded in order to implement all the tools necessary to track and respond to hate crimes.”