WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) delivered floor remarks regarding Biden's radical six months of his presidency.
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You can read the transcript below or in the Congressional Record.
Madam President, meanwhile, we are 6 months into a new era in
American politics. The Biden administration is still treating
government like a graduate seminar, and the American people are still
wondering when their President is going to stop catering to the radical
left and start doing his job.
As I was back home in Tennessee, I found out many Tennesseans are
absolutely disgusted. They have decided that our Democratic colleagues
are not serious about doing serious work. Their priorities and the
President's priorities have never been further apart.
They are looking at those line items the administration is checking
off, and all they can see is what the administration refuses to
acknowledge; that there are very real consequences to this out-of-
When President Biden killed the Keystone XL Pipeline, Tennesseans did
not cheer. All they saw on the horizon were higher gas prices and a
vulnerable fuel supply chain.
Not 4 months after Biden signed the Executive order, the Colonial
Pipeline hack showed us what can happen when something interrupts the
When President Biden opened the border, they knew better than to
believe all the hype about this so-called solution to our immigration
crisis, and their instincts were spot on. Now the chaos tearing apart
communities in the American Southwest is bleeding into communities in
For Democrats here in DC, all of those line items came with zero
consequences. Instead of focusing on reality, they are making policy
based on a perfect world scenario where consequences are simply
Of course, here in the real world, when you talk about collateral
damage, you are really referring to the people who pay the price for
all of these absurd policies.
You know, we read a lot in the news these days about what a struggle
it is for the Senate majority to get their bills to the President's
No struggle over legislation or pay-fors will ever compare to what
you are putting the average American through. If we want to talk about
pay-fors, let's talk about how Americans are supposed to pay for gas to
get to and from work. What happens when they just can't afford it
Inflation is already taking a toll on the average family's ability to
pay for their weekly groceries. Supply chain problems have made
concerns over paying for raw materials like lumber obsolete. There is
nothing to pay for.
The American people have lost so many simple things that used to be
not easy but manageable. But now, when they ask Washington to shape up
and give them a break, all they get in return is the assurance that
struggle and loss is all part of the plan.
It is July, and we still haven't seen a reasonable infrastructure
proposal. No, instead, what we have is a truly insulting two-bill
scheme that Senate Democrats concocted in lieu of a mandate for their
radical environmental agenda.
What will the American people get from this scheme? Well, just a
fraction of what could be the largest spending initiative in history
will go toward the roads, bridges, and broadband connections that
people actually need and are willing to pay for.
If Democrats want the more radical line items, they will have to
force it through by abusing the reconciliation process. In a sane
world, this wouldn't even be a choice. They wouldn't do it because
Democrats know that the kind of spending they are talking about will
exacerbate inflation and increase the deficit.
Meanwhile, Senate Democrats have all but ignored their duty to keep
the country secure. In May, Customs and Border Protection caught more
than 180,000 people trying to cross our southern border. Drug seizures
were up 18 percent across the Nation. As of the end of June this year,
CBP has arrested more than 1 million migrants trying to come into this
country. That is right. By the end of June, CBP has arrested more than
1 million migrants trying to come into the country.
This is a vulnerability, and I would ask my Democratic colleagues and
President Biden why they are not more concerned about it.
I would also ask why they are not more concerned about the impending
collapse in Afghanistan. The dominos are falling. Iran wasted no time
stepping in to negotiate a deal between the Afghan Government and the
Let's be clear what the Biden administration has done here. By
turning their backs on 20 years of hard work and sacrifice in
Afghanistan, they created a power vacuum in a strategically important
region, knowing that the world's most belligerent state sponsor of
terror was waiting to fill the gap.
It is time for President Biden to start listening to the people
paying the price for his radical agenda. They feel like they are losing
their country. They are talking to us about their fear of losing their
country and their freedom. They are out of time, and I will tell you
what, they are about to be out of patience.
If you bothered to ask them what they want, they would tell you get
the spending under control; keep this country and our allies safe; and
stop distracting yourself with wish list projects that serve no one but
the most radical elements of the Democratic Party. They are not willing
to pay for that wish list.
I yield the floor.