Pallone on President Biden's State of the Union Address


Date: Feb. 7, 2023
Location: Washington, DC

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement tonight on President Biden's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress:

"Tonight, President Biden spoke directly to the American people about the remarkable progress we've made over the last two years and laid out an optimistic vision for the future. Under his leadership, we've seen the strongest two years of job growth in history--with 12 million jobs created and unemployment at a 53-year low.

"I'm proud to have worked closely with the President to bolster our economy by delivering historic investments in clean energy, which have already led to the creation of more than 100,000 good-paying jobs, boosting manufacturing, and revitalizing our nation's infrastructure. We also provided Americans relief by lowering costs for health care and prescription drugs. It shows what we can accomplish when we work together, and I look forward to continuing to build on this progress.

"Listening to President Biden speak this evening, I was struck by the stark contrast between his optimistic agenda and the extreme Republican agenda. While Speaker McCarthy holds the debt ceiling hostage and plots backroom deals to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, President Biden extended his hand and called on Congress to come together to deliver for the American people.

"I'm hopeful that Republicans will jettison their plans to make devastating cuts and join Democrats in working with President Biden. I stand ready to work across the aisle on common cause efforts including capping the cost of insulin for all Americans, expanding access to affordable health coverage, protecting peoples' online data privacy, and lowering costs for consumers."