Soto Attends President Joe Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress

April 29, 2021
Press Release
Congressman Soto attended in person and invited Osceola Community Health Services CEO Belinda Johnson-Cornett as his virtual guest

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) attended President Joe Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress. He issued the following remarks in response to the address:


“On day one, the Biden-Harris Administration promised that they would get America back on track. Just 100 days later, it is clear that we are well on our way towards a return to prosperity. In our district, the plans proposed by President Biden would make all the difference in our work to upgrade roads, expand Brightline trains and the Sunrail, invest in clean energy, create good paying jobs, and so much more. With the American Rescue Plan alone, we have completely transformed our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are starting to feel hope again. Central Floridians are getting vaccinated, reopening their small businesses, returning to school, and proving that nothing can keep us down for too long. Of course, none of this would be possible without the expertise of our healthcare workers on the frontlines. They have carefully navigated the unique challenges of this time and continue to guide our community towards recovery. With this appreciation in mind,  I invited Osceola Community Health Services CEO Belinda Johnson-Cornett as my virtual guest to highlight the important work of our community health centers. Earlier this month, I was proud to announce that Osceola Community Health Services received $6.8 million in funding as part of the American Rescue Plan to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and treatment, and provide critical services to Central Floridians. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan because I know that they will have a lasting positive impact on our district.”  


His virtual guest, Osceola Community Health Services CEO Belinda Johnson-Cornett, watched the address from home and issued the following remarks in response:


“I know that so many people are so grateful for President Biden getting money into the hands of the citizens to help them recover from the economic crisis created by the pandemic. Tonight, I was encouraged to hear him speak about how we move forward as a country and deal with housing, and food insecurities, and other social determinants of health that impact people’s ability to thrive and survive. And, I also liked that he had a good plan for how we can work together to build a stronger nation for now and moving forward. So, that was quite encouraging.”


For a biography of Ms. Johnson-Cornett and a video of her remarks, please click here. For a video of Congressman Soto during the address, please click here.