Brookhaven Daily Leader
Hyde-Smith, Guest respond to Biden’s first address to Congress
By Brett Campbell
U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss), of Brookhaven, and U.S. Rep. Michael Guest expressed respect for President Joe Biden after his first address to a joint session of Congress Thursday night, but also expressed frustration and concerns.
“I respect what good intentions President Biden may have behind the ideas covered in his joint address to Congress,” Hyde-Smith said, “but I believe the president has set a misguided course to expand federal government intrusion into almost every aspect or our lives.”
Guest said he hoped Biden would follow through with a commitment to work with Republicans and “seek to reign in Nancy Pelosi and the Progressive wing of his party that has shown no desire to work across the aisle.”
Hyde-Smith said she is willing to work with anyone in Congress to address the serious challenges of economic downtown, unacceptable jobless rates, aging infrastructure and unrelenting enemies.
“But I do not believe a radical, big-spending, big-government agenda will unify a nation working to rebuild from the pandemic,” she said. “In his first 100 days, the president has asked for more than $6 trillion in new spending. That’s an astounding amount of tax dollars and debt.”
Guest had similar concerns.
“As a fiscal conservative, I am deeply concerned with the cost of the programs the president spoke of,” he said. “These programs would cost trillions of dollars and would require the president to raise taxes on small businesses and the middle class. These tax increases would come at a time when we are still recovering from an economic crisis caused by COVID-19.”
Hyde-Smith said citizens should be suspicious of any infrastructure package that spends more on Green New Deal ideas and social programs than on roads, bridges and harbors. People should also question the wisdom of increasing taxes, eliminating American energy jobs, opening borders and limiting national security investments, Hyde-Smith said.
“And I, for one, oppose anything that infringes on Second Amendment rights, expands abortion or undermines our election laws,” she said.
“Americans want solutions on immigration, healthcare, infrastructure and the economy,” said Guest. “We will only be able to find these solutions if the president follows through on his promises and begins to govern in a bipartisan fashion and not through the use of budget reconciliation and executive orders.”
“Going forward, I hope we will set a course correction that allows us to work together on polices that respect individual liberties and freedoms as defined by the Constitution,” said Guest. “In doing so, we can improve the ability of our citizens to achieve the American dream.”