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Louisiana lawmakers respond to State of the Union address

State of the Union
Posted at 6:28 AM, Mar 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-02 07:44:18-05

On Tuesday night, President Joe Biden gave his first State of the Union address.

In his speech to the nation, Biden spoke on rising gas prices, inflation, increased cost of living for families and the pandemic.

His speech also addressed the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Read the full State of the Union speech: White House releases text of President Biden's full State of the Union speech

Following his speech, Louisiana lawmakers issued their responses:

Sen. Cassidy

"Just as the Ukrainians are battling the Russians on the battlefield, the rest of the world must battle the Russians economically, and that means going after the Russian energy economy. The world will be safer and the planet healthier in a future free of Russian energy.

"But if you look at what Biden's policies are and not just listen to what he says, you can see that his energy isolationism weakens us and our allies, strengthens Putin, and hurts American families.

"We must, and we can, effectively address global security, climate, and the ability of a family to afford a tank of gas. I will be releasing a policy outline to achieve these goals, soon."

Cassidy spoke before the president's speech Tuesday on issues facing the state and nation. Listen to that, here.

Sen. Kennedy

"Here's the unvarnished truth as I see it: President Biden has mismanaged Covid. President Biden has mismanaged the economy. President Biden has opened up our southern border, and President Biden has sent inflation sky-high. President Biden has forfeited America's energy independence. President Biden's Justice Department has treated caring parents like criminals, while his tolerance for the Defund the Police movement has helped turn our cities and our streets over to criminals. President Biden has mismanaged Afghanistan, and I pray he doesn't mismanage Russia's war of aggression.

"And tonight, I heard President Biden say that he aims to stay the course. Isn't that just like Washington, D.C.? Figure out what doesn't work, and keep doing it.

"For Louisiana families, that's bad news. It's bad news at work. It's bad news at the grocery store. It's bad news at home, and it's bad news at the gas pump. It's bad news for the education of our children. It's bad news for the security of our country.

"American sovereignty and national security depend on America's energy independence. We know that. That's not a startling realization—that's just a known fact that we all understand. And that depends, in part, on Louisiana's oil and natural gas resources—resources that this president continues to ignore. He also continues to ignore the good jobs that oil and gas create.

"Right now, the Biden administration doesn't seem to accept or address the reality of a new Axis of Evil. China and Russia's de facto alliance anchors a group of bad actors—of outlaws, of tyrants—that are getting bolder and more aggressive every day.

"Because of the president's own policies at home and abroad, inflation continues to surge at the grocery store—we know that—and at the gas pump, and at the clothing store, and everywhere, and I didn't hear a solution from him tonight. He still wants to spend more and borrow more.

"What President Biden doesn't want to do is secure our border. I didn't hear a plan for doing that tonight, either. We don't know who's coming across our border into our country. We have absolutely no idea, and President Biden doesn't seem to care about the drug or human trafficking that rage on.

"Meanwhile, our kids—we're only as valuable as our children, folks—our kids are falling behind because their schools were closed for far too long. The president did a whole lot more to intimidate parents than to get teachers back in the classroom.

"A better future for these kids and for all Americans demands principled, clear-eyed, tough leadership, and I hope the American people see some soon."

Listen to Kennedy's full remarks, here.

Rep. Clay Higgins

"The State of our Union is imperiled by the policies of President Biden. We face the worst border crisis in our nation's history, the highest inflation in 40 years, major national security crises, and an ideological war on America's oil and gas industry. Biden is a failed president. His weakness is a threat to America's economic and national security.

"I will continue working on behalf of the Louisiana people, and by extension, all of America. I am 100% committed to serve. Together, we battle to preserve our Republic and restore our rights and freedoms. The next generation of Americans deserves no less."

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