WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding President Joseph Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress:
“Tonight’s address from President Biden was focused on drastically changing the country, but instead of reaching across the aisle to find ways to work together, this Administration is prioritizing liberal policies and a partisan agenda.
“The President’s speech was a snapshot into the unprecedented spending sprees and executive overreaches his Administration has planned for the next four years. Expanding big-government programs, forcing the largest tax increase in a generation, and undoing effective border policies would damage our economy and undermine the rule of law. He failed to outline a legitimate plan to improve our nation’s infrastructure system – whether that be traditional roads and bridges or modern rural broadband. Instead, he would rather burden Americans with steep tax hikes. To make matters worse, he plans to do this when individuals and businesses are already struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Taxation has economic consequences; Republicans know that, and Democrats should too.
“President Biden’s Administration has been distinguished by anything but bipartisanship thus far. Americans deserve better; they deserve to be heard. It is time to put our differences aside and focus on what we can do to improve our country. Let’s work to create jobs, help American businesses compete globally, and give people the opportunity to succeed. I urge President Biden to reach across the aisle and find real solutions by addressing the concerns of all Americans.”