March 01, 2022

Congressman Schiff on President Biden's State of the Union Address

“Tonight, against the backdrop of a massive Russian invasion of its neighbor, President Biden sent an unequivocal message of support for the people of Ukraine. And he resolved that the United States would continue to lead the fight for sanctions against Putin’s Russia and against the forces of autocracy.

“There has never been a more important moment to reaffirm our commitment to democracy. And, as the President made clear, that means not supporting Ukraine, but strengthening our own democracy here at home, with protections for voting rights.

“The president also outlined a vision for how America can move beyond the pandemic and life can return to normal. He set out the commonsense steps we must take to protect the health of our people, as America reopens for business, and we get on with our lives.

“Because of the American Rescue Plan, this year we’ve seen the fastest job growth in American history, record-low unemployment, and a booming economy. But the President also acknowledged the continuing challenge of inflation and his plan to “make it in America” again, attack supply chain problems and bring the costs of food, childcare, elder care, medicine, and fuel down.

“Finally, I was pleased to hear the president highlight his comprehensive strategy to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer – at the center of which is my legislation, the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, which would repeal the law shielding reckless gun industry actors from liability. With his strong support, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to make this the year we finally hold negligent gun dealers and manufacturers accountable, and give victims and families their day in court.

“We are still living through a difficult and trying moment in history. But tonight, President Biden laid out a strong plan for the path forward, toward a future that can be brighter than ever.”