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Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib delivered the progressive response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
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President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda has been supported by progressives but undermined by Republicans and “corporate-backed Democratic obstructionists,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib said in the Working Families Party response to the State of the Union on March 1.
“No one fought harder for President Biden’s agenda than progressives. We rallied with our supporters, held town halls in our communities, engaged new people, and we even played hardball in Congress.”
“But two forces stood in the way: A Republican Party that serves only the rich and powerful, and just enough corporate-backed Democratic obstructionists to help them succeed.” Tlaib cited Build Back Better as a key part of Biden’s agenda–which promised action on climate change, child tax credits and cheaper pharmaceutical drugs–that had been stymied in Congress.
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Tlaib said that while Congress had successfully passed the infrastructure bill, after a showdown with moderates who had pushed for its separation from Build Back Better, it was not enough.
“Some important parts of the President’s agenda became law with the infrastructure bill, but we campaigned on doing even more. Roads and bridges are critical, but so are childcare and prescription drugs — and we shouldn’t have to choose,” Tlaib said.
Earlier in the evening, Biden delivered his first State of the Union address to a nation in the throes of different crises.
There are ongoing concerns over the government’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. While protection measures – like mask mandates – relax and cases drop in many parts of the country, deaths continue in the U.S. and across the globe. Russia’s attack on Ukraine is escalating. A new major climate report, released a day before, is an indictment on global leadership’s inaction to address the crisis. Voters are worried about rising inflation, and according to the latest PBS NewsHour-NPR-Marist poll, a majority of Americans – 56 percent – said Biden’s first year in office has been a failure.
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