Here is a fact check of some of the claims he made.
Defending his approach to migration on the southern border, Biden said that “we are sending back the vast majority of families who come.”
Facts first: This was not the case in February, the last month for which we have complete data.
At another point in the press conference, Biden said: “The overwhelming majority of people who make it to the border and cross are returned.” That’s a fair statement about what happened in February, when nearly 72% of the total 100,441 people found at the border – in other words, not just family members – were expelled under Title 42.
Preliminary data this month through March 17, which was reviewed by CNN, showed that the percentage of people expelled under Title 42 had dropped substantially since February. During the week ending March 17, 53% of the 34,526 people found on the southwestern border were evicted, the lowest percentage in a week in 2021 to date. CNN did not review preliminary data for March specifically on family expulsions.
Biden claimed that there were five times more motions to break filibuster in 2020 than between 1917 and 1971.
“Between 1917 and 1971, there was filibuster, there were a total of 58 motions to break filibuster. All that time. Last year alone there were five more times,” Biden said.
Facts first: While clogging experts say it’s difficult even for them to determine the number per year, Biden’s figures are misleading. In 2020, the number of motions filed to end a Senate debate, an indirect measure for the use of filibuster, was roughly double, not five times, the number from 1917 to 1971.
Vaccines in the US and the rest of the world
While discussing his goal of reaching 200 million Covid-19 vaccines in the first 100 days of his administration, Biden reiterated his claim that “no other country in the world has come close, not even close to what we are doing” regarding to the vaccine. front of.
Trump’s tax cut and the top 1%
Biden challenged Republican criticism about the $ 1.9 trillion cost of his pandemic relief bill, which he said would put money in the pockets of “ordinary people.”
Fact first: This stat needs context. While it is generally correct to say that the wealthiest Americans were the biggest beneficiaries of Trump’s tax cuts in 2017, the “83%” figure is a projection of what might happen under certain circumstances in 2027, not what that already happened.
The American rescue plan and economic growth
Biden said that since the United States Rescue Plan was approved, “most forecasters have significantly increased their projections. Now they project that it will exceed 6%, a growth of 6% in GDP.”
Facts first: It is true that many economists updated their 2021 gross domestic product aheadit is above 6% just before or after the legislation was passed, but it is difficult to say if the majority did so without a survey of all economists.
RSM chief economist Joe Brusuelas said the legislation would boost GDP by an additional 3 percentage points and now forecast 7.2% growth in 2021.
Republican support for the American Rescue Plan
Dismissing criticism from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Biden said he has the support of Republican voters. He said that even if McConnell says that “the last thing I did, this last piece of legislation, is so far left, well, then I should take a look at his party. More than 50% of them must have exceeded that limit. Good. Because they support what I did. ”
Even in the CNN poll in which 73% of Republicans expressed opposition to the bill overall, a majority of Republicans expressed support for three of its specific provisions: checks up to $ 1,400 (55% support ), billions for schools to help resume individual tuition (55%), and higher tax credits for families, making it easier for low-income families to claim them (73%). Yet 71% of Republicans opposed the bill’s $ 350 billion in aid to state, local, tribal and territorial governments.
Children at the border
Addressing the recent influx of unaccompanied migrant children at the southern US border, Biden stated that “nothing has changed” regarding the Trump administration, and said there had been a “28% increase in children at the border under my administration “compared to 31%. increase in the same period of 2019 under Trump.
Facts first: Biden was wrong about the increase in children at the border during his own administration. Seemed to be mixing two different statistics, one on children and the other on migrants in general.
According to Customs and Border Protection data, overall encounters with migrants at the border increased 28% from January to February this year. But Biden specifically referred to “children.”
This story has been updated with additional fact checks.
CNN’s Geneva Sands contributed to this article.