President Joe Biden on Tuesday evening will deliver his first State of the Union address as his administration struggles to combat soaring inflation, confusing coronavirus messaging, surging illegal immigration, rising global influence of the Chinese Communist Party, and now, the possibility of a larger military conflict stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
**Follow all of the events on the Breitbart News Live Wire below. All times in eastern.**
10:29 P.M. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reacts to Biden’s address:
President Biden ignored that his agenda has completely flopped for American families: Raging inflation, open borders, crime. The President did his best to try to pick himself up and provide some level of optimism but that’s not what the American people are feeling right now.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 2, 2022
10:25 P.M. — Biden mentioned Putin 12 times and China only three times during his address, Breitbart News reports.
10:24 P.M. — ICYMI, Pelosi having a normal one…
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) March 2, 2022
10:23 P.M. —
— Forbes (@Forbes) March 2, 2022
10:18 P.M. —
Don’t preach to me about unity, @JoeBiden after you used the power of government to force Americans to take a needle or get fired; after you accused Border Patrol agents of whipping Haitians; after you shut down American energy – harming us & empowering Putin. No quarter. #SOTU
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) March 2, 2022
10:08 P.M. — Biden finishes his speech by saying: “My report is this: the State of the Union is strong—because you, the American people, are strong.”
“May God protest our troops. Go get him!’” he concludes.
10:00 P.M. — Biden gives a shoutout to the so-called Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen and says “We must hold these social media companies accountable to the national experiment they are conducting on our children.”
9:58 P.M. — Biden, who has seen illegal immigration rise under his administration, is calling to “Secure our border and fix the immigration system.”
“Provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, those on temporary status, farm workers, and essential workers,” he adds.
9:55 P.M. — Biden: “Tonight. I call on the Senate to: Pass the Freedom to Vote Act. Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. And while you’re at it, pass the Disclose Act so Americans can know who is funding our elections.”
9:53 P.M. — GOP Rep. Brian Mast seemingly responds to Biden calling for police to be funded — not defunded:
President Biden has clearly seen the statistics: record breaking crime across the country. But the American people won’t forget that his is the party of “defund the police” that led to the robberies, murders and carjackings. #BackTheBlue #SOTU
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) March 2, 2022
9:52 P.M. — Far-left cranks are not impressed with Biden’s speech:
Biden’s #SOTU speech on domestic policy is totally full of crap. He didn’t fight for any of the things he claims are “his agenda.” But on $15 minimum wage, it’s an outright lie. He had the Delaware Senators vote AGAINST it. Media should do their job and call out his BS.
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) March 2, 2022
9:48 P.M. — Biden is now addressing the coronavirus pandemic, warning that “We must prepare for new variants. Over the past year, we’ve gotten much better at detecting new variants.”
“Our schools are open— let’s keep it that way. Our kids need to be in school,” he adds.
9:45 P.M. — Biden calls for the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. The president also says he wants the minimum wage raised to $15 per hour. Extend the Child Tax Credit, “so no one has to raise a family in poverty,” he adds.
9:42 P.M. — Biden announces that the Department of Justice will name a prosecutor to target pandemic fraud crimes.
9:40 P.M. — Biden: “Nobody earning less than $400,000 a year will not pay an additional penny in new taxes.”
“You should pay just a fair share,” he adds.
9:38 P.M. — Biden says he wants to cut the price of child care. “Middle-class and working folks shouldn’t have to pay more than 7% of their income for care of young children,” the president states.
9:35 P.M. — Biden is now calling for Americans to be able to let Medicare negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs. Cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month, he adds.
9:33 P.M. — Biden admits that soaring prices are a big problem: “Inflation is robbing us of gains we might otherwise feel. I get it. That’s why my top priority is getting prices under control. Look, our economy roared back faster than most predicted but the pandemic meant that businesses had a hard time hiring enough workers to keep up.”
9:26 P.M. — Biden is now talking up his so-called infrastructure plan, which the president claims will promote “environmental justice.”
“We’re done talking about infrastructure weeks. We’re now talking about infrastructure decades,” the president says.
I’m announcing that this year we will start fixing over 65,000 miles of highway and 1,500 bridges in disrepair,” he adds.
9:24 P.M. — Biden is jeered by Republicans when touting his coronavirus pandemic stimulus plan by taking a shot at Trump tax cuts which were designed to stimulate economic growth.
Some Republicans boo President Biden when he says his American Rescue Plan helped working people, “unlike the $2 trillion tax cut passed in the previous administration that benefitted the top 1% of Americans” https://t.co/53ZYabGLjD pic.twitter.com/W5UjaAHqOc
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 2, 2022
9:18 P.M. — Biden: “Tonight, I can announce that the United States has worked with 30 other countries to release 60 million barrels of oil from reserves around the world.” The president does not say he will halt importing Russian energy.
9:17 P.M. — Biden confirms that his administration will close America’s airspace to Russian planes. The president then says that U.S. troops will not engage militarily against Russian troops in Ukraine. “He thought he could divide us at home in this chamber and this nation and he thought he could divide us in Europe as well, but Putin was wrong. We are ready. We are united,” the president says.
— Stephen Quinn (@StephenQ3340) March 2, 2022
9:14 P.M. — Lawmakers give a standing ovation to Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S.
“Putin is now isolated from the world more than he has ever been,” the president says.
— Paul Brandeis Raushenbush (@raushenbush) March 2, 2022
9:11 P.M. — Biden opens his speech by addressing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying Putin “badly miscalculated. He thought he could roll into Ukraine and the world would roll over. Instead he met a wall of strength he never imagined. He met the Ukrainian people.”
9:08 P.M. —
— Forbes (@Forbes) March 2, 2022
9:01 P.M. —
— ABC News (@ABC) March 2, 2022
8:58 P.M. — Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is serving as the designated survivor for Biden first SOTU address.
8:46 P.M. — Biden will pledge to make Russian President Vladimir Putin “pay a price” for his country’s invasion of Ukraine in his address, and vow to bar Russian aircrafts from America’s airspace, according to the Associated Press.