IL Congressional Delegation splits on SOTU reaction
Support for Ukraine remains a bipartisan issue, but opinions differ on many other topics
Illinois' Congressional delegation split mainly along party lines in support or criticism of President Biden's State of the Union Address.
While all say they were glad to hear support for the Ukrainian people, and tough words for Russian President Vladimir Putin and others, they split on domestic issues.
Democratic Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin praised Biden's call to help Americans who are suffering due to high inflation and other economic pressures.
From Ukraine to this evolving pandemic, we face unique challenges at this moment, but President Biden reminded us tonight that there is nothing the American people can’t overcome.— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) March 2, 2022
My full statement on @POTUS's first State of the Union address: pic.twitter.com/Q4MOAa2vzA
- and both say they're ready to put in the hard work necessary to help the country recover from the COVID pandemic.
The American people have endured incredible hardships over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When President Biden took office, he pledged to get shots in arms, people back to work and school, and our economy back on track.— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) March 2, 2022
Republican Congressman Mike Bost, who had to miss the speech because of a positive COVID test, calls Biden's energy policy a failure - and says that makes America weaker on the global stage.
My thoughts on President Biden's State of the Union address ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/p84BmAHlpf— Rep. Mike Bost (@RepBost) March 2, 2022
Republican Congresswoman Mary Miller boycotted the State of the Union, saying she was standing in solidarity with Americans who lost jobs because they refused to get a COVID vaccine.