Walberg criticizes Biden, Stabenow and Peters offer praise after State of the Union

Walberg criticizes Biden, Stabenow and Peters offer praise after State of the Union

From: The Daily Telegram

Michigan's U.S. senators and Lenawee County's representative have different views of President Joe Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday.

Addressing a concerned nation and anxious world, Biden vowed in his first State of the Union address to check Russian aggression in Ukraine, tame soaring U.S. inflation and deal with the fading but still dangerous coronavirus.

Biden declared that he and all members of Congress, whatever their political differences, are joined "with an unwavering resolve that freedom will always triumph over tyranny." He asked lawmakers crowding the House chamber to stand and salute the Ukrainians as he began his speech. They stood and cheered.

It was a notable show of unity after a long year of bitter acrimony between Biden's Democratic coalition and the Republican opposition.

Those partisan differences were reflected in how Republican Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton and Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters viewed the speech. In a statement, Walberg said Biden "painted a picture of his presidency that is totally divorced from the real world. In reality, Michigan families are struggling because of the President’s harmful policies."

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton

“From the start, President Biden has mismanaged the pandemic, relied on draconian mandates that infringe on individual liberty, and stood in the way of a return to normalcy," Walberg said. "He’s ignored the crime spike in major cities, created a record-setting surge at the southern border, and oversaw a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. By every measure, the past year has been marked by one self-inflicted crisis after another."