ICYMI: Young Voters Respond to the State of the Union Address

President Biden’s address highlights key priorities amidst national challenges

Washington, D.C. — In his State of the Union address, President Biden addressed the nation with an overview of his administration’s achievements, challenges, and future plans.

Key Points:

  • Climate Action and Clean Energy: President Biden reiterated his commitment to combating climate change and advancing clean energy initiatives. He emphasized the urgency of the climate crisis and outlined ambitious goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • Economic Recovery and Job Creation: Highlighting the progress made in revitalizing the economy, President Biden underscored the importance of investing in infrastructure, education, and innovation to create millions of new jobs and promote sustainable economic growth.
  • Abortion Rights: President Biden reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to advancing and protecting abortion rights. He reiterated that if voters deliver him a Democratic Congress, he will make Roe v. Wade the law of the land.

Youth Roundtable Discussion:

Following the State of the Union address, NextGen America hosted a live roundtable discussion to amplify youth responses to President Biden’s remarks. Young voices from across the nation shared their perspectives on the key issues outlined by the President, providing valuable insights into the priorities and concerns of the next generation.

  • “There is no doubt that the Inflation Reduction Act and the Biden Harris administration’s prioritizing climate change has been a huge win for young people, something that people have been advocating for for decades now.” – Kristi Johnston, NextGen America National Press Secretary

  • “We hope that we continue to see an administration that is moving forward fearlessly and boldly to try to protect reproductive justice because young people are calling for that and demanding that.” – Antonio Arellano, NextGen America Vice President of Communications

  • “It’s important to note that the president was clearly thinking about young folks because a lot of the issues across the board from the economy to climate to student debt are issues that young people are really resonating with.” – Antonio Arellano, NextGen America Vice President of Communications


About NextGen America

NextGen America is the leading national organization for engaging young people through voter education, registration and mobilization. We invite 18-to-35 year olds — the largest and most diverse generation in American history — into our democracy to ensure our government works for them and to find new solutions to the dire challenges facing our society and the world. Since 2013, NextGen America has registered more than 1.3 million young voters and contacted 9.6 million young eligible voters during the historic 2022 midterm elections.