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Tim Scott to deliver GOP response to Biden's speech to Congress

Tim Scott to deliver GOP response to Biden's speech to Congress
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Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottHelping students make informed decisions on college Police reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines MORE (S.C.) will deliver the Republican response to President BidenJoe BidenBiden's quiet diplomacy under pressure as Israel-Hamas fighting intensifies Overnight Defense: Administration approves 5M arms sale to Israel | Biden backs ceasefire in call with Netanyahu | Military sexual assault reform push reaches turning point CDC mask update sparks confusion, opposition MORE's address next week before a joint session of Congress.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate Trump signals he's ready to get back in the game Manchin, Murkowski call for bipartisan Voting Rights Act reauthorization MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTrump signals he's ready to get back in the game Manchin, Murkowski call for bipartisan Voting Rights Act reauthorization 8 in 10 Republicans who've heard of Cheney's removal agree with it: poll MORE (R-Calif.) announced Thursday that Scott, a potential 2024 contender and the only Black Republican senator, would get the plum speaking spot, which is used to highlight rising stars within the party.

“Senator Tim Scott is not just one of the strongest leaders in our Senate Republican Conference. He is one of the most inspiring and unifying leaders in our nation," McConnell said in a statement.

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McCarthy added that Scott was "a conservative optimist with the right vision for a stronger, more united country."

"No member in Congress epitomizes the essence of today’s Republican Party more than my friend and colleague Senator Scott," he added.

Other potential White House hopefuls including Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio wants 'UFO sightings' to be registered, taken seriously Strange bedfellows: UFOs are uniting Trump's fiercest critics, loyalists Second suspected 'Havana Syndrome' case near White House under investigation: report MORE (Fla.) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyCoalition of human rights groups calling for boycott of Beijing Olympics Trump critics push new direction for GOP Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee MORE have previously delivered the GOP response.

Scott has been in the Senate since 2013. He's up for reelection in 2022, and has said that it will be his last run for Senate.

“I’m excited and honored for this opportunity to address the nation,” Scott said in a statement. "I look forward to having an honest conversation with the American people and sharing Republicans’ optimistic vision for expanding opportunity and empowering working families.”

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Republicans have been struggling to define Biden nearly 100 days into his administration. 

Biden will deliver his joint address to Congress on April 28. He's expected to discuss, among other things, the need for police reform — an issue that Scott is directly involved in on Capitol Hill.

Scott is working on the issue with Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Almost 20 advocacy groups team up to pressure Congress to pass health care bill for immigrants Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines MORE (D-N.J.) and Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE (D-Calif.), and the three were spotted walking through the Senate basement together earlier Thursday.