Dr. Bucshon’s Reaction to President Biden’s State of Union Address
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-Ind.-08) released the following statement after President Biden’s State of the Union Address.
“It was important for America to hear from President Biden tonight regarding the ongoing invasion into Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The cornerstone of our Republic is freedom, which is why the United States and our allies must stand firm and protect the freedom and sovereignty of Ukraine, and Putin’s actions must continue to be met with swift and severe consequences.
“However, President Biden failed to address one of the most critical ways that the United States can weaken Putin’s hand, which is to end his Administration’s continued assault on American-made energy. Just one year ago, our country was energy independent and a net exporter of energy for the first time in 50 years. Now, under President Biden’s leadership, we have increased our daily dependence on Russian oil by 34 percent, sent gas prices sky-high, and increased heating bills during the winter months. With Russia’s economy dependent on energy production, it is critical that the Biden Administration puts America first, decreases our dependence on Russian oil, and stops providing Putin with the leverage he needs to continue in Ukraine.
“Sadly, the State of the Union is marked by crisis after crisis. I am disappointed I didn’t hear more tonight from President Biden on what his administration, Speaker Pelosi, and Democrats in Washington, who control every lever of the federal government, plan to do to address the main issues facing every day Hoosiers. What is their plan to address America’s dependency to foreign oil? What is their plan to address inflation that continues to spiral out of control and shrink the paychecks of hardworking Hoosiers? What is their plan to address crime rates that continue to rise and threaten the safety of our communities, or the workforce crisis that is plaguing our nation? The President’s speech was largely just a rehash of the liberal policy wish list of far-left Democrats. Democrats in Washington need to step up to the plate and put aside their partisan agenda to work together with Republicans in Washington to advance commonsense policies and do what is best for America and best for Hoosiers,” said Dr. Bucshon.