WASHINGTON, D.C.— Neither Del Rio's nor San Angelo's congressmen, both Republicans, were impressed with President Joe Biden's State of the Union Address on the evening of April 28.
Congressman August Pfluger (TX-11) released a statement following President Joe Biden’s Wednesday address to a Joint Session of Congress:
“Tonight, President Biden outlined his plans to radically change America and push us farther down the path of socialism. The enormous federal programs he proposed will raise taxes, increase our Nation’s dependence on the welfare state, and further centralize control in Washington, D.C. He spoke of bipartisanship and discussion, yet over and over again, Republicans in Congress have been blocked from participating in an open, transparent debate to speak up for our constituents.
“Even more telling was that President Biden’s remarks were completely void of any mention of the humanitarian disaster on our southern border. Yet again, he completely brushed off the real suffering our communities are undergoing as a result of his administration weakening our border and incentivizing illegal immigration.
“I will continue doing what’s right for the people in the 11th District of Texas, who understand that this country is the best Nation in the world, and no one knows better how to care for those in our communities than those who live and work here.
“We must stand firm in protecting our freedoms for our children and future generations.”
Pfluger's district spans from Granbury to the Permian Basin through San Angelo.
Meanwhile, in CD-23, Congressman Tony Gonzales panned President Biden's first State of the Union Speech as well.
“We heard a lot of lofty proposals from President Biden this evening, however he failed to mention how he plans to cross the aisle and accomplish his agenda for our country with both parties,” said Congressman Gonzales. “I’m willing to work with the Biden Administration on issues where we can find agreement for Texas but up to this point, the President has been more focused on advancing big government proposals rather than bipartisan solutions. Additionally, I was disappointed that we did not hear any sort of solution from the President in regard to our border, especially since neither he nor the Vice President have yet to come down and see the border crisis firsthand.”
CD-23 spans from the western edge of San Antonio through Eagle Pass and Del Rio to the outskirts of the east side of El Paso. Gonzales represents the district with the longest portion of the U.S.-Mexico border.
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