Biden’s State of the Union address draws different reactions from congressional reps

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 February 2023 at 10:55 pm

President Joe Biden’s 1 hour, 12-minute State of Union address is getting different reactions from the Congressional representatives.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-24) issued this statement:

“Tonight, President Biden once again tried to take a victory lap despite the endless crises caused by his administration. From the economy to national security, the President has continued to fail this country. The list is endless, but to start, inflation has risen over 13%, 4.5 million illegal aliens have flooded across our Southern Border, and homicides are up 13% since Joe Biden took office.

“Despite Biden’s disastrous presidency, our Republican House Majority is committed to delivering real results for the American people. In the first month that Republicans have been in the Majority, we have fully reopened the Capitol to the American People, voted to defund Biden’s 87,000 new IRS Agents, established a bipartisan Select Committee to hold the Chinese Communist Party Accountable, stood up for the right to life and voted to end unconstitutional and overreaching vaccine mandates.

“Republicans will continue fighting to preserve our self-governing Constitutional Republic and defend our individual rights. We will keep our communities safe, make life more affordable, and make the government more transparent. And we will always hold Joe Biden and the federal bureaucracy accountable to the American people.”

Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25) released the following statement:

“The President outlined a bold agenda that reflects our shared democratic values, and I look forward to continuing our work on behalf of families in our community.

“We know that families across America are struggling, and they’re counting on us to provide support during these challenging times. That’s why my colleagues and I have been working to deliver on the issues that matter most—particularly our successful efforts to lower prescription drug costs, bolster healthcare services veterans, and strengthen the future of our manufacturing economy.

“As we look towards the future, I hope to build upon this progress and continue working to lower costs, improve quality of life, and ensure every American has the ability to not only survive, but thrive. We will continue our efforts to reduce gun violence and strengthen public safety, to protect women’s reproductive healthcare, to expand the Child Tax Credit, and grow our innovation economy to enhance competitiveness with countries like China.

“I am optimistic that over the coming weeks and months, there will be opportunities to collaborate with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to find common ground and advance these priorities.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul issued this response:

“The State of the Union is strong, thanks to the leadership of President Biden and the hard work of New Yorkers in Congress like Leader Schumer and Leader Jeffries.

“In his address to the nation, President Biden highlighted significant achievements that are making a difference in the lives of all Americans – including New Yorkers: the Inflation Reduction Act is creating green jobs while fighting the climate crisis, the CHIPS and Science Act is attracting growing, innovative companies like Micron, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping once-in-a-generation projects like Gateway to move forward.

 “There is more work to do in order to make New York and the nation more affordable, more livable and safer. I commend President Biden for highlighting efforts to combat the gun violence crisis, and I look forward to working together with our federal partners to keep New Yorkers safe. President Biden’s focus on the affordability of child care and housing is crucial, as these are significant costs driving affordability issues. The President’s Unity Agenda – including the Cancer Moonshot, and access for mental health care and actions to combat the opioid epidemic – is a bold platform in lockstep with our priorities in New York.

“President Biden is right: America’s best days are ahead of us. With hard work, collaboration and smart investments, we can make the New York dream a reality for all.”