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.
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