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Rep. Perry says House GOP should cancel Biden’s SOTU address

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pennsylvania), former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, calls on House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) to block President Biden’s annual State of the Union address next month. ing.

perry said During Monday’s performance Republicans should use the opportunity to ramp up pressure on Biden across the southern border, where migrants are pouring in, he argued on Fox Business.

“We need to use every tool at our disposal,” Perry said. “[The president] It was done at the request of Congress, where Republicans control the House. There is no reason why we should invite him to spread more propaganda and blame the American people for the crisis he actually caused. ”

House Republicans announced a bipartisan bill aimed at strengthening border security backed by Biden after former President Trump, the party’s clear front-runner for the presidential nomination, expressed opposition to the bill. vetoed the bill. Critics say Republicans would rather use the issue to help President Trump in 2024 than solve the problem.

Perry, a former National Guard general, previously said he believed Biden did not have the mental “capacity” to continue leading the country.

“It’s abuse…what’s being done to make him president,” he said. told Fox News “And I don’t know if he’s making a lot of decisions. There’s a lot of people around him who are worried that he’s making decisions.”

The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment, but has frequently dismissed concerns about the president’s mental capacity. Mr. Johnson’s office also did not respond to a request for comment on Mr. Perry’s proposal.

Mr. Johnson won the gavel in October after a tumultuous period of infighting in the Republican Party over who to replace him and former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Perry’s proposal breaks precedent, but it’s not the first time the annual address has been embroiled in political battles.

Then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) delayed then-President Trump’s retirement. Telling about his 2019 State of the Union address due to partial government shutdown in January of the same year unprecedented move.

When Trump finally spoke a few weeks later, Pelosi did not introduce him — another break from tradition.

Since Biden took office in January 2021, Republicans in the chamber have openly heckled him in speeches so far.

Perry is not the first person to call for the cancellation of Biden’s speech this year. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) I also called The event will be canceled unless Biden presents a full spending plan to Congress.

“If the president is given the opportunity to address Congress and the nation as a whole, he should actually have a plan,” she said in a statement.

“At a time when Americans are facing skyrocketing inflation and the world is on fire, we deserve more than empty rhetoric. That’s why I urge President Biden, before releasing the State of the Union, to We are asking them to make an effort to submit a national security strategy.”

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