U.S. Rep. John Katko of New York’s 24th congressional district expressed mixed feelings about President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address.
One of Biden’s main talking points for his Tuesday, March 1 address was the U.S. response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Rep. Katko said while he thinks Biden’s weakness on foreign policy led to the invasion, he championed sanctions Biden put forward against Russia, according to The Citizen.
“It’s because of (Biden’s) policies that make it much more difficult to produce oil in the United States that’s contributed to our reliance on foreign oil again,” said Katko. “He should release those oil reserves, which is good, but he should also suspend his restrictive policies for domestic oil production, at least temporarily, and use that as a buffer against suspending any purchases of Russian oil.”
Katko expressed disappointment with the rest of Biden’s speech. He said Biden was too partisan in his discussion of domestic issues, and criticized the president’s economic agenda. Katko also criticized Biden for not connecting border and immigration policies to the worsening opioid crisis.
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