President Biden’s first joint address to Congress was met with tepid criticism from Republican lawmakers, who were hopeful but skeptical about whether he will work across the aisle to help grow jobs and keep the economy humming.
During his speech, Biden — who went off-script while attempting to make the case for his progressive agenda — called for sweeping change from the previous administration, touting his green energy infrastructure proposal, railing against “trickle-down economics” and pushing Congress to pass immigration and policing reform bills.
Rep. Kevin Brady, the top Republican on the House Committee on Ways and Means, said that while he felt the president’s tone was right, he disagreed with the notion that his policies would help the country’s job and economic growth as it looks to recover from the damage incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These crushing tax increases are going to hurt working families,” he said. “I’m absolutely confident these tax increases won’t land on