U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
‘These are just some of the reasons why 41% of Americans say the state of our union is ‘weak’ and only 13% say it’s ‘strong.’… For 84% of Americans, one-party Democrat control of Washington either failed to live up to its promises or actively made life worse… President Biden campaigned on being the adult in the room. But he’s not even calling the shots in his own party. Over and over, on issue after issue, this President has handed the car keys to the radical left and turned himself into a passenger.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding President Biden’s State of the Union:
“This evening, President Biden will begin the back half of his term with his State of the Union address to Congress.
“But the White House’s attempts to script the message for this week have been upset by recent events. Over the last several days, the country learned that on President Biden’s watch, the state of our union is apparently under Chinese surveillance from our own skies.
“It is ludicrous to suggest that Canada and the United States had no choice but to let this thing traipse across the continent from coast to coast. President Obama’s own Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says, ‘we should have acted earlier.’
“The Administration’s handwringing and indecision, finally downing the balloon only after it had toured the length of our country, was typical of how President Biden and his team have conducted our foreign affairs.
“Our top military commanders and civilian experts all say that our broader strategic competition with China is our most serious challenge. But this President’s last budget request tried to cut funding for our military after inflation, while Beijing keeps investing in their own capabilities. The commander of our U.S. Strategic Command just told Congress that China now has more land-based intercontinental ballistic missile launchers than we do.
“This Administration’s reckless retreat from Afghanistan blew past the expert warnings, cost the lives of 13 American servicemembers, let thousands of terrorists waltz out of prison, and incentivized others to challenge an America that looked cowardly.
“It’s hesitating, indecisive, self-deterred approach to helping Ukraine before Putin invaded, and in the earliest days right afterwards, left freedom’s friends flat-footed and are making the subsequent fight more difficult than it ever had to be.
“And now the Biden Administration has apparently pivoted from chasing another bad ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran… to trying to let terrorists out of Guantanamo Bay.
“These are just some of the reasons why 41% of Americans say the state of our union is ‘weak’ and only 13% say it’s ‘strong.’
“Of course, this Administration has also created problems for American families closer to home.
“A nationwide poll published last week revealed that just 16% of Americans say they’re in a better financial situation today than they were two years ago when the President and his party assumed total control of government.
“For 84% of Americans, one-party Democrat control of Washington either failed to live up to its promises or actively made life worse.
“Two years ago, over the objections of their own party’s top economists, Washington Democrats misinterpreted a narrow election victory as a mandate for an unprecedented spending spree.
“When President Biden took office, inflation was at 1.4%. From Inauguration Day to today, inflation’s over 13%.
“Working families have seen grocery prices jump 18.6%, used car prices rise 26.2%, and energy prices soar by 33.9%.
“Millions of Americans have earned pay raises at work, but runaway inflation has left them with less purchasing power than before.
“Our southern border is in crisis — shattering all-time records for illegal immigrant apprehensions.
“Streets and neighborhoods are being swallowed up by violent crime — after local Democrats have cut police budgets, liberal prosecutors have turned jails into revolving doors, and national Democrats spent years amplifying the kinds of anti-police rhetoric that result in more crime.
“And President Biden is helping the radical left go on offense and bring a culture war to the doorstep of normal American families. Trying to squeeze Catholic hospitals and faith-based daycares out of business. Trying to take school choice and curriculum transparency away from parents. And on and on.
“President Biden campaigned on being the adult in the room. But he’s not even calling the shots in his own party. Over and over, on issue after issue, this President has handed the car keys to the radical left and turned himself into a passenger.
“That’s why working families across the country have voted for change.
“They elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives to pull the emergency brake on runaway liberal spending. They re-elected all-star Republican governors in places like Texas, Georgia, and Florida. And they elevated a talented new generation of leaders, including the youngest serving governor in America – Governor Sanders of Arkansas – whom the American people will hear from tonight.
“Our country may still be struggling to understand what on earth Washington Democrats think they’ve actually accomplished in the past two years. But they can be absolutely sure where Republicans stand.”