Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) gave the official GOP rebuttal to President Biden’s first joint address to Congress, slamming him for his promise of “empty platitudes” regarding national unity while pushing back on the Democrat president progressive vision that he has laid out within his first 100 days — a dramatic expansion of federal government totaling $6 trillion.
“We should be expanding options and opportunities for all families — not throwing money at certain issues because Democrats think they know best,” Scott said in his remarks given after Biden’s first joint address to Congress. “Infrastructure spending that shrinks our economy is not common sense. Weakening our southern borders and creating a crisis is not compassionate.”
“It’s a liberal wish list of big-government waste, plus the biggest job-killing tax hikes in a generation. Experts say that it would lower wages of the average American worker and shrink our economy when all is said and done. Tonight, we also heard about a so-called family plan. Even more taxing, even more spending, to put Washington even more in the middle of your life — from the cradle to college. The beauty of the American dream is that families get to define it for themselves,” Scott added.
Scott went on to criticize Biden for failing to deliver on his promises of “unity,” blasting the Democrat president’ go-it-alone strategy to jam the trio of massive big government spending bill, including the pending $2.3 trillion bill masked as infrastructure and now his newly revealed $1.8 trillion social welfare programs —totaling almost $4 trillion.
“President Biden promised you a specific kind of leadership. He promised to unite a nation, to lower the temperature, to govern for all Americans no matter how we voted,” Scott said. “Our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes. We need policies and progress that bring us closer together. But three months in, the actions of the President and his party are pulling us further and further apart.”
Still, Scott noted that he is hopeful that the talk of unity could still happen under this administration as he is currently in talks with other Black Democrats about a bipartisan policing reform bill.
“Nowhere do we need common ground more desperately than in our discussions of race. I have experienced the pain of discrimination,” Scott said.
“Believe me; I know firsthand our healing is not finished. In 2015, after the shooting of Walter Scott, I wrote a bill to fund body cameras. Last year, after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, I built an even bigger police reform proposal. But my Democratic colleagues blocked it. I extended an olive branch. I offered amendments. But Democrats used the filibuster to block the debate from even happening,” Scott continued.
“My friends across the aisle seemed to want the issue more than they wanted a solution. But I’m still working. I’m hopeful that this will be different,” he added.
Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, blasted Biden’s recent assertion in painting America as being systemically racist
“Hear me clearly, America is not a racist country,” Scott emphasized. “It’s backward to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”
The South Carolina Senator pointed to Georgia’s new election reform law, which makes it easier to vote but harder to cheat to show how Biden, as well as the Democrats for divisively mischaracterizing with their “absurdly claims that this is worse than Jim Crow.”
“I’m an African-American who has voted in the South my entire life. I take voting rights personally. Republicans support making it easier to vote and harder to cheat. And so do the voters,” Scott said. “But today, this conversation has collapsed. The state of Georgia passed a law that expands early voting, preserves no-excuse mail-in voting, and, despite what the president claimed, did not reduce Election Day hours.
“If you actually read this law, it’s mainstream,” Scott added. “It will be easier to vote early in Georgia than in Democrat-run New York. But the left doesn’t want you to know that. They want people virtue-signaling by yelling about a law they haven’t even read. Fact-checkers have called out the White House for misstatements. The president absurdly claims this is worse than Jim Crow. What is going on here?”
Scott was selected last week by his party’s leadership to deliver the GOP response, giving him a prominent national platform to speak to the country and the opportunity to draw a contrast between the GOP and Biden’s agenda.
He praised former President Trump for Operation Warp Speed that has helped given the nation “flooded with safe and effective vaccines,” and slammed Biden for downcasting “a tide that had already turned” as now the pandemic is fading.
“This should be a joyful springtime for our nation. This administration inherited a tide that had already turned. The coronavirus is on the run. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the Trump administration, our country is flooded with safe and effective vaccines. Thanks to our bipartisan work last year, job openings are rebounding,” Scott said.