President Joe Biden delivered a speech at the 2024 National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., where he highlighted his administration’s investment in American jobs and boasted a strong economy. He also criticized his Republican rival, Donald Trump. The general session will feature other speakers, including Don Graves, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Rep. Marc Molinaro, R-N.Y.
The National Association of Counties is a nonprofit organization that serves nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. It is owned by America’s county governments with oversight and governance by an executive committee and board of directors.
This conference brings together county officials from around the country to focus on federal policy issues affecting counties and residents. About 2,000 elected and appointed county officials have gathered to engage in policy and educational sessions, interface with federal officials, and participate in congressional meetings.
The conference is an opportunity for county officials to address federal policy issues that directly impact their communities.
President Biden’s speech at the conference was met with mixed reactions from attendees. While some praised his efforts to create jobs and strengthen the economy, others criticized him for not doing enough to address pressing issues facing counties such as infrastructure needs and funding for public schools.
Despite these criticisms, many attendees expressed gratitude for the opportunity to connect with federal officials and learn more about policies that could benefit their communities in the future.