WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three of the Valley’s lawmakers in Washington have issued statements as President Joe Biden was inaugurated Wednesday as the 46th President of the United States. Valley U.S. Congressman Dan Meuser (R-9th, Dallas, Pa.) says he hopes President Joe Biden won’t ‘start from scratch’ after he takes the oath of office, and hopes Biden ‘recognizes some of the policy achievements of the last four years.’
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) commended President Biden’s call for national unity, and assurance that he’ll be president for all Americans, and urged him to follow through on that commitment by working with Congress on both sides of the aisle.
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) echoed President Biden’s Inauguration Address that ‘democracy has prevailed,’ and its time for everyone to get things done ‘on behalf of working families.’
Full Casey statement:
“Exactly two weeks ago, terrorists stormed the Capitol and attempted to undermine the will of the American people as expressed through their votes in a free, fair and lawful election. Today, American democracy prevailed when Joe Biden was sworn in as our Nation’s 46th President and Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and Black woman of South Asian descent to become Vice President. During his address, President Biden laid out a vision to heal our Nation, contain the COVID-19 pandemic and build our economy back better. It’s now time for us to get things done on behalf of working families.”
Toomey full statement:
“President Joe Biden took the oath of office today during a health crisis and significant political strife.
“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 for all Americans. I urge the president to follow through on this commitment by working with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to pursue policies that will lead to peace and prosperity for all Americans. I am praying for President Biden and his success in leading our country forward.”
Full Meuser statement:
“Tomorrow (Wednesday), we will see the peaceful transition of power, recognizing Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. President Biden campaigned on uniting the country to ‘build back better.’ As the duly elected commander in chief he will chart his own course. I intend to work with him on policies that will benefit the long-term interests of our people, but building back better should not begin with starting from scratch. As he takes office, I hope his administration recognizes some of the policy achievements of the last four years that have been to the benefit of all Americans.
“Before the pandemic, the Trump administration built the greatest economy in a century, with the lowest unemployment numbers ever recorded for women, African-Americans, and Hispanic-Americans. New trade deals leveled the playing field and gave American manufacturers a chance to succeed. Our military was rebuilt, and our allies began to finally pay their fair share for NATO. Before President Trump took office, cartels used immigrant families as pawns to smuggle illegal drugs into the United States, resulting in violence and innocent deaths. In partnership with governments from Central and South America, we secured our border and illegal crossings have fallen dramatically. For the first time in a generation, the United States brokered historic peace deals in the Middle East, while also eliminating the threat of ISIS and Islamic extremists. We lowered the cost of prescription drugs, dealt with China from a position of strength, and became energy independent. Thanks to the continued expansion of natural gas, the United States was the only developed country to lower carbon emissions two years in a row.
“This list is not complete, and in the midst of unprecedented challenges associated with COVID-19, there is still much work to be done. Congress has already passed targeted, necessary economic relief, including funding focused on helping our economic recovery, hospitals, testing, and vaccine distribution. President Biden should build on this foundation, working with both parties to enact policies that are in the best interest of the American people, not simply to appease his base. Moving forward, we need to safely reopen our economy, continue to support our hospitals with PPE and test kits, as well as ensure the efficient distribution of vaccines. Beyond that, we need to invest in transportation and infrastructure, make quality healthcare more affordable, and create a competitive business environment to bring back manufacturing which will increase wages.
“I believe we can find common ground to achieve these objectives and I pray that President Biden shows the strength to govern as a leader for ALL Americans. Oscar Wilde said, ‘with age comes wisdom.’ I know this to be true and am hopeful that in his effort to unite a divided country, President Biden works across the aisle, in recognition of the fact that Republicans represent millions of Americans and their interests, as well. My office will be helpful, whenever possible, to accomplish shared goals and deliver policies that will advance the 9th District, Pennsylvania, and the United States of America.”