CONCORD, N.H. — First lady Jill Biden toured the Christa McAuliffe School in Concord, New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon. Her visit included stopping by a 5th-grade classroom.
“You know, as a teacher for over 30 years, I feel most at home in a classroom,” she said.
Biden’s trip is part of the White House’s Help Is Here tour to highlight the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
The Covid-19 relief plan, which was signed into law by President Biden last week, will provide most Americans with $1,400 direct payments. It also provides $130 billion to deliver on the president’s goal of opening the majority of K-8 schools within his first 100 days in office.
“We are going to safely reopen our schools. We are going to get people back to work. We are going to lift up the families that are struggling just to get by and we are going to be stronger than ever,” Biden said.
The first lady also visited the school’s tribute to McAuliffe, who was chosen to be the first teacher in space. The Framingham native was killed with six other astronauts in January 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded seconds after takeoff. Biden was joined by the McAuliffe family to unveil the commemorative Christa McAuliffe coin.
“My fellow educators and I were so proud of what she was doing. She taught us to dream big and to never stop learning and her legacy drives this school and its mission,” Biden said.
The Republican National Committee called out the First Lady’s visit to New Hampshire.
“The only reason Jill Biden is in New Hampshire today is because the Biden Administration is desperate to sell their $1.9 trillion boondoggle of a spending bill that will turn toxic over time. While she’s in town, Granite Staters deserve to know why this progressive wish list doesn’t even require schools to reopen even though the science says they safely can,” said RNC spokesperson Michael Joyce.
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