Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) (R) speaks to members of the press after an election for House Republican Conference chair as House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (L) and House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) (2nd L) listen at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UPDATED 11:12 AM PT – Wednesday, September 22, 2021
House GOP leaders held a press conference to address the Democrats’ push to try and pass several trillion-dollar spending plans. On Tuesday, Reps. Mike Johnson (R-La.), Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) discussed the myriad of issues brought on by the Democrats and Joe Biden.
Congressman Johnson of Louisiana kicked off the presser by outlining the litany of problems the Democrats’ polices have created. He then turned the podium over to Congresswoman Bice of Oklahoma, who expanded on his comments in more detail.
She went on to address the Democrats’ Women’s Health Protection Act or what Republicans have been referring to as “abortion on demand.” She pointed out that the measure is operated on a false premise of what the majority of Americans believe.
Then Congressman Gallagher brought up the deterioration of America’s influence on the world stage. He also touched on the Biden administration’s decision to turn to the Taliban as a security partner in the Middle East, despite their decades-long track record of terror attacks and violence.
Finally, Congressman from Louisiana and Minority Whip Scalise looked at the root cause of all of the issues, pointing to the poor decisions made during Biden’s first days in office.
“On day one, Biden killed the Keystone Pipeline, destroyed thousands of American jobs, and then turns around weeks later and approves a Russian pipeline.” Scalise continued on to discuss the crisis at the southern border under Biden. “Day one, [Biden] stops completion of the wall that President Trump was building that was actually working, gets rid of the Remain in Mexico policy, which stopped the flow of illegals coming into our country by the thousands.”
Meanwhile, with Republicans and Democrats back in Washington, clashes over policy are likely to continue as competing legislative agendas attempt to push the priorities of their respective parties before the next recess in early October.