– Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued the following statement after President
Biden delivered a joint address to Congress this evening.
Biden campaigned on unifying a divided nation. Part of that means working with
a Congress divided right down the middle. Thus far he’s done very little to
back up his words from the campaign trail, and he’s stood by while others in
his party use divisive rhetoric that only serves to further inflame discord in
didn’t hear enough about how President Biden plans to address the worst border
crisis in recent memory. This is a crisis fomented by the White House’s policy
pronouncements, and fixing the issue requires leadership that we have yet to
see from this administration.
in Congress are willing to work with the administration, but bipartisanship
takes commitment from both sides. Cutting Republicans out of the process, like
he did on the COVID package and may do on infrastructure, is no way to unite
Republican colleagues have put forward a bold proposal that’s actually focused
on infrastructure. The administration’s plan is unfocused, expensive and sounds
more like a product of the Sanders campaign than the Biden White House. And the
preoccupation with raising taxes is counterproductive.
pre-COVID economy was the best our country has seen in decades. We saw record-low
unemployment across demographics, historic wage growth and a renewal of
American manufacturing. All of that was possible because of the 2017 Republican
tax bill and Trump administration policies. The quickest way to slow our
post-pandemic economic recovery is to hike taxes.
“Even though Senate
Democrats filibustered police reform last summer, the bipartisan appetite
for change still exists today. The path forward, as on other policies, requires
compromise. Here again, Republicans have a plan that includes policies
supported by both sides.
Biden is only 100 days in, so there’s plenty of time for him to turn things
around and make good on his campaign promise to unite the country. I’d still
like to work with the president and his administration to lower prescription
drug prices and further reform the criminal justice system. I know from his
time in the Senate that he’s capable of being a bipartisan dealmaker. The
question is will his left-wing base let him?”