Nebraska Delegates Respond to Appeal to US Congress

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) — President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union Address at a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

This was stated in response by members of the Nebraska congressional delegation in Washington.

Rep. Mike Flood (right): “While President Biden announced calls for bipartisanship tonight, his platitudes will not be enough to rally Americans dealing with a crisis economy and worried about an increasingly aggressive China. Over the past two years, working families have struggled with record inflation driven by Biden-led spending increases. The president hasn’t shown he’s willing to rein in spending as he used the address to push for higher taxes. And last week, the world watched as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) challenged America’s sovereignty. While the president appears to be aware of the problem, he has yet to come up with any realistic plan to unite our country to compete with China in a tense environment. In the coming months, President Biden will have to change course and confront members of the radical left within his own party if he hopes to unite both sides to control spending and counter the threat of the CCP.”

Senator Pete Ricketts (right): “Tonight I personally listened to my first address to Congress. As governor, we have always worked to make the state government work for the people. That we have done a great job of providing services, reducing our costs, making sure we have a business-friendly environment for companies to invest, and all of this has created jobs and opportunities for our families to enjoy the good life in our state. The Biden administration does not share this. They have a bureaucracy that has gone berserk. They have runaway spending that causes high inflation, making it difficult for families to make ends meet. They did not control our southern border, allowing millions of people to pass through. And they make us more dependent on foreign energy. As your governor, I fought against this administration for two years, and as your senator, I will continue to pressure an administration that has no ties to the American people.”

Rep. Adrian Smith (right): “Four in 10 Americans — the highest number in 37 years of polling — say they got worse under Biden. The state of our union is failing Americans everywhere. Out-of-control spending, soaring inflation, a sluggish economy, crime and the inability to face our adversaries on the world stage are taking a heavy toll on hard-working families. I was hoping we’d hear new direction and calls for bipartisanship from President Biden tonight, but we’ve only heard more of the same divisive rhetoric and failed policies. Republicans in the House of Representatives are already using our majority to fulfill our obligations to America. Our agenda ensures that we will have a secure nation, a future based on freedom, an accountable government, and a strong economy. Our priorities are people’s priorities. President Biden is leading our country in the wrong direction, and more and more Americans are feeling and acknowledging this. Too bad the president won’t do the same.”

Oct. 11 Now also turned to the Nebraska Democratic Party for a reaction to Tuesday’s speech.

Jane Kleeb (D), chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party: “From now on, President Biden may forever be called Jobs Biden. Historic job growth is happening under Biden, in stark contrast to our economy under Trump. Democrats are creating “Made in the USA” jobs, from clean energy in Nebraska to semiconductor and steel manufacturing in the Midwest. Real jobs and real products that used to be exported are now made all over America. While Republicans like Rep. Flood and Senator Ricketts are focused on the culture wars, Democrats are focused on putting money in the pockets of Nebraskas. Nebraska received $1.04 billion from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan, a bill that Rep. Bacon called a “partisan COVID bill.” Democrats believe in building an economy from the bottom up and in the middle. Republicans, including Don Bacon, say they want to raise the Social Security age while protecting the billionaire class. Pres. Biden has made it clear that he will end the job of protecting critical middle-class programs like Social Security and Medicare and make the billionaires pay their fair share. Pres. Biden continues to heal the soul of our nation, which came out loud and clear in the State of the Union. Nebraska Democrats are ready to finish the job with the president. Biden.”

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