Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib is set to give an official response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address March 1, according to Politico. She is expected to call out members of her own party for leaving parts of Biden’s agenda “unfinished.”
The speech will be hosted by the Working Families Party (WFP), a left-wing group that endorses left-wing members of the Democratic Party and rarely runs its own candidates. Democratic New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman offered WFP’s rebuttal to Biden’s 2021 joint congressional address. At the time, he praised Biden’s vaccination drive, while calling for a Green New Deal.
Tlaib is “going to be clear about how and why [Biden’s] agenda is incomplete. There are particular political actors, of course Republicans, but then a very niche, small group of obstructionist Democrats. And we’re going to name names,” Maurice Mitchell, the national director of WFP, told Politico, which first reported Tlaib’s speech.
Those Democrats will likely include Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, as well as Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, according to the report. Manchin and Sinema both objected to key provisions in the Build Back Better social spending package, while Gottheimer led a group of representatives in demanding a repeal on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap, which allows individuals living in high-tax states to pay lower federal taxes.
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