Yesterday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office to begin their tenures as president and vice president of the United States. Their inauguration marks a turning point for our country and comes at a particularly consequential moment for the nation—two weeks after a violent, white supremacist mob attacked the Capitol, one week after Donald Trump was impeached by a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives for his role in inciting the insurrection, and eleven months into a pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans. 

Millennials and Generation Z, the most diverse generations in American history, have led the way in calling for bold policies to address the root causes of the problems that our society is grappling with, and making the connection between systemic racism and the other pressing issues that our generations face. Just over two months ago, young Americans turned out in record numbers in the November 2020 election to support a new federal government that is committed to addressing young people’s priorities, including the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, climate change, gun violence prevention, and student debt. 

Brent J. Cohen, the executive director of Generation Progress, issued the following statement in response to the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris: 

“As President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the 117th Congress get to work, they have a unique and powerful opportunity to improve the lives of young people in this country and confront several long-standing crises that our nation faces. 

From taking aggressive action on climate change to rooting out racism in the criminal legal system to solving the joint problem of college affordability and student debt, Generation Progress looks forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to implement progressive policies that will have a positive impact on the lives of young people and the future of our nation.”

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact eleach@americanprogress.org.

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