Rep. Beth Van Dyne, who offered to work with President Biden on bipartisan solutions, says the Democratic president has given some Republicans a spate of executive orders reversing the policies of the former administration.
“It’s not a great start to what he did in his first day,” Van Dunne was quoted as saying by Fox News of R-Texas.
She led a group of 17 GOPs that sent Biden a letter on Inauguration Day that helped pass legislation on targeted coronovirus relief, protecting Americans with pre-existing health conditions, improving infrastructure and the economy To restore
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During Biden’s inaugural speech, he repeatedly spoke of unity and noted the importance of listening to ideas and respecting the difference of ideas. He pledged to become president for all Americans.
However, Biden captured his presidency with a series of executive orders targeting President Trump’s policies related to border security, energy production and climate change, which were popular among the GOP base.
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Van Dune is not alone in his disappointment.
Other Republicans, pleased with Biden’s unity in his Wednesday speech, said their first executive actions reflected the Left’s priorities. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Accused Biden of “taking many big steps in the wrong direction”.
Van Duyn called Biden’s immigration actions “very dangerous” and said the Democratic Keystone XL oil and gas pipeline project’s environmental reversal would kill jobs and lead to higher energy costs for struggling Americans.
“It’s a $ 1.6 billion wage, which he knocked out with just one signature,” Van Duane said of the counterattack. “It’s the thousands and thousands of jobs that just ended overnight. You think of the people the Democrats claim they represent – working poor, fixed-income people – and literally a pen. With the movement they have now raised their electricity rates., Raised their gas rates. … Now they are skyrocketing their utility costs. “
The Canadian company behind the pipeline, TC Energy, said it laid off 1,000 workers as a result of Biden’s executive action. Trump had approved construction of a $ 9 billion, 1,200-mile pipeline that would transport 830,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Nebraska, Canada to Nebraska.
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According to the Keystone XL website, the project, initially proposed more than a decade ago, will retain 11,000 American jobs in 2021 – including 8,000 union jobs – and generate $ 1.6 billion in gross wages.
In other action, Biden ordered a moratorium on the construction of the wall along the southern border, ending Trump’s so-called “Muslim travel ban” and overturning one of Trump’s initial executive orders that allowed anyone in the country Illegally preferred to deportation.
In response to the subsequent action, the Department of Homeland Security announced a 100-day moratorium on some deportees. This prohibition does not apply to those who entered the country illegally or earlier.
Van Dunne said that under Trump’s policies, his home state finally talked about improving border security.
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“He is now basically an invitation for gang members, for drug cartels, and for human smugglers to come to our country … which is very dangerous for me. And this is the border states, especially Is going to affect states like Texas, ”Van Dooyne said.
He said that Van Duyn led the GOP freshman’s letter to Biden because he saw when Democrats worked for four years to oppose Trump and were too concerned with impeachment and Russian collusion to find a solution .
“I think very honestly that I’m like most Americans who are sick of that fight,” Van Dunne said. “They want to move forward. They want to know that there are adults who are really elected who are ready to work on policy issues, that will affect them. And I raised my hand and I got to see my 16 fellow peers doing this job.” Got to do. “
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She said that Biden needs to work more closely with Republican lawmakers to avoid issuing more damaging executive orders.
“You need to be the Republicans at the table who are talking about doing the best defense and fighting for working families, and that is being completely missed right now,” she said.
Fox Business’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.