Many Americans approve of Biden's performance as he nears 100 days in office

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President Biden will mark his first 100 days in office this week. A CBS News poll finds 65% of Americans say they approve of the job he’s done. Christina Ruffini reports.

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President Biden marks 100 days in office this week with an address on Wednesday to a joint session of Congress. Our new CBS News poll shows most Americans like the way the president is handling the country’s top priorities. Christina Ruffini is at the White House tonight with more on what to expect on Wednesday. Good evening.

CHRISTINA RUFFINI: Good evening. For the first time in history, two women will sit behind the president when he makes this speech. The usually packed chamber will be sparse and socially distant, but the COVID protocols won’t stop President Biden from trying to unveil his vision for America’s future.

When it comes to President Biden’s handling of the coronavirus–

JOE BIDEN: 200 million shots in 100 days, and under 100 days actually. It’s an incredible achievement for the nation.

CHRISTINA RUFFINI: A new CBS News poll finds 65% of Americans say they approve of the job he’s done. With 66%, saying the COVID relief bill was helpful to the economy. There’s also broad approval for improving the nation’s infrastructure. But congressional Republicans have voiced strong opposition to the cost and scope of the president’s $2 trillion bill. They say he hasn’t done enough to reach across the aisle.

KEVIN MCCARTHY: If I look at the 100 days, it’s more like a bait and switch. The bait was he was going to govern as bipartisan. But the switches, he’s governed as a socialist.

CHRISTINA RUFFINI: Then there’s what even President Biden now calls a crisis. The influx of migrants at the southern border.

It’s not going to be solved overnight. It’s a complex issue. Listen, if this were easy, it would have been handled years ago.

CHRISTINA RUFFINI: The president also faces growing calls from fellow Democrats to do more to address the issues of gun violence and problematic policing.

As he’s thinking about what his joint session speech looks like, he has every intention of using that as an opportunity to elevate this issue and talk about the importance of putting police reform measures in place.

CHRISTINA RUFFINI: Now the day after his speech, the president will travel to Georgia, where he’ll have a car rally to celebrate his official 100th day in office. Georgia of course, was a key state for him in the 2020 race, and it gave Democrats control of the Senate, which the president will need if he hopes to make that vision for America a reality. Jerrica.

Christina Ruffini fourth in Washington, thank you.