State of the Union recap: Biden calls for Medicare protection, policing reform, consensus
President Biden delivered his the State of the Union address on Tuesday, a speech at times feisty and jovial, serious and stern. It was his third time addressing a joint session of Congress but his first before a divided government.
Biden began by speaking of “possibilities” and calling for Congress to find “consensus.” He lauded his administration’s work on infrastructure and rolled out a plan to use only made-in-America construction supplies on federal projects.
Biden has tried to appeal to Republicans in his address, calling on them to work with him over the next two years of a divided Congress.
Over more than an hour, Biden touted his administration’s and Democrats’ accomplishments over the past year, using the speech as a launching pad for a 2024 presidential run.
At the same time, Republicans are looking to fight back, and they’ve already started. Biden was heckled from some Republicans amid his speech, including a robust exchange on Medicare and calls for securing the border while Biden talked about curbing fentanyl trafficking.
Here’s a look at how it all unfolded, along with reaction after the address, captured by staff of The Hill.
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