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Kentucky’s congressional delegation react to President Biden’s address to Congress

Lawmakers preview President Biden's speech to the joint session of congress
Lawmakers preview President Biden's speech to the joint session of congress(WBKO)
Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 4:13 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBKO) - After 99 days as president, Joe Biden will speak to the nation in his first address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight.

Democrats and Republicans in congress do see similar sets of challenges facing the country, but, don’t expect the president’s vision to match that of Kentucky’s voices in D.C.

We don’t have a complete breakdown of the topics President Joe Biden will address before Congress and the American public

But we do KNOW he’ll tackle:

- The pandemic

- Infrastructure and Improving the social safety net

- Police reform

- Expanding health care access

- And tackling climate change.

Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary says:

“The president came into office at one of the most divisive moments in modern American history, and the president’s focus is on fulfilling his promise to bring the country together.”

While Biden ran on unity – in office, Kentucky’s Republicans see only division… accusing the president of pushing a progressive agenda in his first 100 days

“I don’t believe this administration got a mandate last year to transform this country into something it’s never been,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell.

“Hopefully we can back up and find things to work together,” said Rep. Brett Guthrie.

Representatives Brett Guthrie and James Comer say despite the country’s political divisions, the common ground does exist on issues like infrastructure, immigration, and police reform among others.

“These are things that should be bipartisan, but unfortunately, every proposal that the Biden administration has made has been so far to the left that you’re just not going to attract a single Republican vote,” said Rep. James Comer.

The president is willing to move forward without Republican support in Congress if most of the American public is on board.

But doing so may require questionable legislative maneuvers and complete unity within his own party.

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