The American People Have Spoken They Do Not Want What You're Offering

January 4, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) gives remarks on the Senate floor regarding President Biden's costly and unnecessary Build Back Better agenda.


To watch Senator Blackburn’s speech, click below or here.

You can read the transcript below or in the Congressional Record.

Mr. President, I know that you are probably like me

and you have been grateful for the time to be home and to see family

and friends and just to chat with them about what is going on in their

lives and the issues that are important to them, what they are looking

at. It has been so interesting to get their perspective as we have



I flipped through the papers yesterday, and I realize that many of

our friends around town have this renewed sense of optimism about

President Biden's ability to lead the country. I found that really

quite interesting. You could look at it and say: It may be a new year,

but it is the same old Biden.

  It goes without saying that I do not share what I see as a misguided

view. I entered this year with the same


healthy skepticism that I had back in December as we were finishing

that legislative year. I will say this; that for the past year, the

Democratic majority has indulged an administration that has treated

their electoral victory like a mandate to enact some of the most

irresponsible and radical policies we have seen in over a generation.


  Now they are dusting off an agenda that is so unhinged, it has kept

the Democrats deadlocked against one another for the year. We have seen

this agenda breed mistrust, tension, and anger between the American

people and their government. Few, if any, of those people could state

that they are better off now than they were under President Trump and

Republican leadership. But still, the Democratic majority has continued

to push Biden's agenda on behalf of the most radical portions of their



Yes, leaning left--they are leaning far left. They are listening to

the social justice warriors and the climate partisans and the Big

Government activists, and the Democratic leadership is doing exactly

what they are telling them they want done. Meanwhile, they are ignoring

the people back home who actually have to deal with the consequences of

this political tunnel vision.


Time after time in poll after poll, even more polls that have come

out today, the American people have made it abundantly clear that they

are not just dissatisfied with the President's failure to lead, with

his radical agenda--you know what, they are not just angry. What I

learned from Tennesseans is that people are really frightened by what

they see taking place with this far-left, hard-left turn.

  President Biden has to know all of this. The Democratic leadership

has to know all of this. Look at all the polls. It doesn't matter if it

is NPR, it doesn't matter if it is AP, it doesn't matter if it is CNN,

the agenda, the President, the Vice President--they are all underwater.


I think they have probably seen this coming since day one of this

disastrous administration.


Take some of the specific issues. The Democratic leadership has had a

front row seat to what is happening on the southern border. So has the

administration. There has been a complete collapse of our Nation's

sovereignty at the southern border. With the stroke of a pen, President

Biden dismantled the policies that were keeping us safe. He invited

waves of illegal immigrants into the country, said: Y'all come. Y'all

come. We are ready for you.


He threw the Border Patrol and local law enforcement under the bus,

did not listen to them. You don't have to take my word for it. Go to

the southern border. Go visit with them.


He has let the cartel step into the leadership void at the southern

border. The drug dealers and the human traffickers are in control of

the southern border at this point in time. You do not cross that border

unless you have paid the cartels. But you know what, admitting this

does not fit the agenda of the Democratic leadership, so they just

ignore it. Now, President Biden and my Democratic colleagues continue

to evade responsibility for keeping the border secure and safeguarding

the national security. They don't want to talk about that.


They are also not wanting to talk about the threat posed by the

Chinese Communist Party and our other adversaries abroad. And that is

right--the Chinese Communist Party is an adversary. They are not a

competitor. They are not a friend or a frenemy. They are an adversary.

What are they doing? They are conducting surveillance, academic

espionage, and intellectual property theft. They are doing this every

single day. It is all part of the standing operating procedures of the

new axis of evil and all being ignored by people who are charged with

running this country, keeping this country safe.


Tennesseans will tell you they are very concerned. The American

people are very concerned. The polls are showing it. And they are

blaming the Biden administration for not feeling safe, not feeling

secure, for the supply chain crisis, for inflation. These are all

things that have been brought about in the past year by decisions this

administration has made, Executive orders they have executed.

 Every time people in this country pick up their phone, they are faced

with the knowledge that many of the programs and social media platforms

that they once enjoyed are controlled by people who refuse to

prioritize privacy and data security and realize that these cyber

protections are important.


They are grateful for all the sunlight that you and I, Mr. President,

have been able to shine on the problems with Big Tech. So many times as

I was at home, people would mention to me how much they have learned

through the hearings that we have held, the roundtable discussions, and

they are wanting to see more attention brought to keeping us safe and

limiting the surveillance, the property theft, and the academic

espionage that the Chinese Communist Party and our adversaries are

conducting in the virtual space. They are looking forward to seeing us

translate this bipartisan consensus into action. They are looking

forward to what we are going to deliver when it comes to online

privacy, data security, section 230 reforms, to protect our innovators,

to protect our children online, to protect our consumers.


When people look at what is being done, like the work we have done on

technology policy, and what is not being done when it comes to

addressing China, addressing Russia, dealing with Iran, when it comes

to dealing with inflation, prices at the pump, and prices that are

happening at the grocery store, they look at this and they say: Where

is the President? Where is the Vice President? Where are people who

should be working for the American people in Congress?


When we talk about the Democratic leadership, we know that they are

too busy catering to the most radical fringe of the Democratic Party to

do their job, and they are too busy with that to govern or to keep the

economy in one piece and to keep the border intact or to provide for

the common defense or to exercise a little oversight over some of the

world's most powerful corporations.


Well, the American people deserve better. Tennesseans are wanting to

see action. So while some of our colleagues across the aisle have a

renewed sense of optimism about President Biden's ability to pull them

out of this skid on this agenda that is going nowhere, the American

people have spoken. They do not want what you are offering.

  My resolve is going to be to stand here, to stand between what is

happening, this destructive, as I call it, ``Build Back Broke'' agenda,

and to protect Tennesseans and future generations of Americans from

such an adverse and negative impact.