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Tuesday night U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) released the following statement regarding President Joseph Biden’s first State of the Union address:
“For over a year now, President Biden has proved that the many promises he made to the American people are empty. Given the state of our country and the world, one would hope this Administration would be willing to reach across the aisle to find ways to work together. President Biden has instead continued to prioritize the far left’s social agenda, despite an evenly-divided Senate. The American people are feeling the repercussions.
“This evening during President Biden’s first State of the Union address, he spoke of unity and bipartisan cooperation. However, I have yet to see Democrats attempt to pass sensible legislation that’s palatable to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Instead of focusing on a failing economic agenda and the expansion of big-government programs, we should be funding our nation’s defense capabilities. Our adversaries need to know that our military remains the best trained, best prepared, and best equipped fighting force in the world. Russia and China are watching how the United States handles matters of national security. Now is the time for President Biden to prioritize the safety of our country.
“Currently, Americans are experiencing record-high inflation rates triggered by Democrats’ reckless spending, as well as a drastic increase in violent crime and illegal immigration. Our economy has grown more and more fragile since this administration has been at the helm. Something must change. It is my hope that President Biden will fulfill his promise to be a president for all Americans and work with Republicans to improve our country. His administration must stand firm in the face of Russia and China, ditch partisan policies and find real solutions to the problems facing our nation.”