Republican Senator Tim Scott delivered a speech responding to President Joe Biden’s first address before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening. Scott noted that five bipartisan coronavirus relief packages had passed under former President Trump in the past year, but Congress passed the nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan without any Republican votes.
Mr. Biden is calling on Congress to pass over $4 trillion in spending on major projects which are dubious at best. Scott called the American Jobs Plan a “liberal wishlist of big government waste.” Republicans have questioned their relevancy, and criticized Mr. Biden’s plan to raise certain taxes to pay for them. Duh.
Scott also spoke about his experience with discrimination as a Black man, and noted that he had proposed a police reform bill last year that had been blocked by Democrats who claimed the bill did not go far enough.
Scott argued that Democrats are invoking racism to score political points.
“America is not a racist country,” Scott said. “Race is not a political weapon to settle every issue like one side wants.”
He also added some much need common sense in helping the working men and woman, “I look forward to having an honest conversation with the American people and sharing Republicans’ optimistic vision for expanding opportunity and empowering working families.”
Scott has served in the U.S. Senate since 2013 and has been seen by party operatives as a potential presidential contender. He has toed the line of support for former President Donald Trump, who remains a popular figure among Republican voters, while still being willing to criticize Mr. Trump on certain issues. Scott is currently engaged in negotiations with Democratic Senator Cory Booker and Congresswoman Karen Bass on a police reform bill.