Biden speech does little to unite parties behind big proposals

Biden speech does little to unite parties behind big proposals

President Joe Biden mentioned bipartisanship only three times in his 8,000-word joint address to Congress, and the bulk of his speech was dedicated to achievements and proposals that Republicans widely oppose.

Biden’s first address to Congress appeared to chart a course that Democrats had already been following: Unless the GOP largely agrees to the party proposals, the House and Senate will look for a way to pass them without any Republican support.

Republicans mostly refrained from harsh attacks on Biden the day after the low-key address that the president delivered to a dramatically scaled-back audience in the House chamber due to COVID-19 concerns.

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But few Republicans could find any common ground in Biden’s proposals for $4 trillion in new spending that would be partly paid for by reversing a significant portion of the GOP’s 2017 tax cut legislation.

“I think the president is hard to vilify,” Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican and veteran member of Congress

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