Republican leaders are responding with cautious praise to President Joe Biden’s stated desire to pursue a much less controversial political discourse in the future, vowing to oppose it when they think it is necessary.
During his inauguration on Wednesday, Biden pleaded with everyone to reject the rhetoric that has built up over the years, culminating in the riot at the Capitol.
“We can join forces, stop the screaming and lower the temperature,” Biden said during his speech. Politics doesn’t have to be a blazing fire that destroys everything in its path. Every disagreement does not have to be a reason for all-out war. ‘
GOP congressmen appreciated the gesture towards unity and less division, but were also willing to challenge the agenda Biden set.
Joe Biden on Wednesday called for unity and an end to political screams
However, a spokesperson for Representative Madison Cawthorn wants Biden to keep his promise
“The president must keep his promises,” said a spokesman for Representative Madison Cawthorn Fox news. “He calls for unity, we need to see if he keeps his promise.”
“I look forward to working with Biden’s government if we can find common ground for the well-being of Montanans,” said Senator Steve Daines. “But I will also vigorously oppose their agenda if I think it will harm our great state.”
Biden doesn’t necessarily need Republican backing to push his agenda, as the Democrats control both chambers of Congress.
However, they only enjoy a razor-thin advantage in the Senate, where a 50-50 split will be broken by a draw from Vice President Kamala Harris.
However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is already looking for ways to grab political gains from Biden
“We firmly believe that what unites us as Americans is far greater than anything that could ever divide us,” Representative Beth Van Duyne wrote in a letter to Biden along with 16 other new GOP representatives.
“In that spirit, we hope we can rise above the partisan struggle to negotiate meaningful change for Americans across the country and maintain the United States’ position as the best country in the world.”
Rep. Cawthorn is one of those who signed the letter.
Rep. Beth Van Duyne is one of many freshmen at the GOP looking to ease political tension
Senator Mitch McConnell released a statement congratulating Biden, a personal friend
Senator Pat Toomey released a statement on Twitter praising Joe Biden’s speech
“I commend President Biden for his call for national unity and his assurance to those who did not support him that he will nevertheless be president to all Americans,” Senator Pat Toomey wrote on Twitter.
“I urge the President to keep this commitment by working with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to pursue policies that will bring peace and prosperity to all Americans.”
“I congratulate my friend from Delaware and look forward to working with our new president whenever possible,” Senator Mitch McConnell said in a statement. “Our country deserves that both parties, both parties, wherever we can find common ground for the common good and respectfully disagree where we should.”
Outgoing President Donald Trump didn’t have much to say after the inauguration, though he left a “ very generous ” letter for Biden, the new president claimed.
Still, some Republican leaders were already looking for ways to combat Biden and his agenda.
“I pray for President Biden and his success in moving the country forward,” Toomey said
“Looking ahead, I know we’ll be tested,” said Rep. Kevin McCarthy. “But I also know that there will be many promising opportunities for us to seize.”
Biden already made a number of policy changes through an executive order on his first day, including reversing Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris climate agreement.
The executive actions, signed at a ceremony at the White House, include the immediate lifting of travel bans on 13 mostly Muslim-majority and African countries, halting construction of the US-Mexico border wall, and reversing an order from Trump to prevent migrants from residing in the United States. Illegal states are not counted towards congressional districts.
Biden also signed a memorandum directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Attorney General to preserve the Delayed Action for the Arrival of Children (DACA) program, which protects migrants who came to the country as children from deportation , and reversed Trump’s executive order. calls for stricter immigration enforcement outside the country’s international borders.
Biden’s DHS has also issued a memorandum calling for a 100-day moratorium on some deportations.