Chairman Newhouse Statement on President Biden's Joint Address, First 100 Days

Washington D.C., April 28, 2021 | Elizabeth Daniels (202-280-8720)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) released the following statement in response to President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress:

“It is unfortunate - in just 99 days of his tenure - how much uncertainty President Biden has created for rural America. From killing good-paying jobs to gutting the American energy sector, rural communities are no better off today than we were at the start of this Administration.

It’s been 99 days since President Biden terminated the Keystone XL Pipeline. Where are the jobs for the thousands of American union workers whose livelihoods were ripped away? The President failed to answer that question tonight.

He continues to push a far-left energy agenda that restricts our economy, ties the hands of American energy workers, and threatens our national security. He has not fulfilled his promise of working across the aisle and – with the flick of his pen – has reversed much of the progress we’ve made over the past few years in areas like conservation, resource development, and land and species management.

The Western Caucus supports an all-of-the-above energy strategy and policies that strengthen American energy independence. We know the United States is the best place to safely and responsibly produce energy, and we are already leading the world in emissions reduction. We know that local management of our lands is most effective, and that conservation efforts are best led by the communities on the ground.

The voices of rural communities in the West and across the nation deserve to be heard. Tonight’s speech was a demonstration that President Biden is not listening."

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