GOP rep who offered to work with Biden says call for unity ‘not off to a great start’

GOP rep who offered to work with Biden says call for unity ‘not off to a great start’

Rep.

Beth
Van
Duyne,
who
offered
to
work
with

President
Biden
on
bipartisan
solutions,
says
the
Democratic
president
has
turned
off
some
Republicans
with
a
flurry
of
executive
orders
reversing
the
former
administration’s policies.

“Looking
at
what
he
did
in
his
first
day,
it’s not
off
to
a
great
start,”
Van
Duyne,
R-Texas, told
Fox
News.

She led
a
group
of
17
GOP
freshmen
to
send
Biden
a
letter
on
Inauguration
Day
offering
to
help
with
passing
legislation
on
targeted
coronavirus
relief,
protecting
Americans
with
pre-existing
health
conditions,
improving
infrastructure
and
restoring
the
economy. 


HOUSE
GOP
FRESHMEN
OFFER
TO
WORK
WITH
BIDEN:
‘AMERICANS
ARE
TIRED
OF
THE
PARTISAN
GRIDLOCK’

During Biden’s
inauguration
speech,
he
spoke
repeatedly
of
unity
and
the
importance
of
listening
to
and
respecting
differences
of
opinions. He
pledged
to
be
a
president
for all
Americans. 

Biden,
however,
kicked
off
his
presidency
with
a
series
of
executive
orders
that
took
direct
aim
at
President
Trump’s
signature policies
related
to
border
security,
energy
production
and
climate
change
that
were
popular
among
the
GOP
base.

BIDEN
SIGNS
17
EXECUTIVE
ORDERS
REVERSING
TRUMP
POLICIES,
RESTORING
OBAMA-ERA
PROGRAMS

Van
Duyne
is
not
alone
in her
disappointment.

Other
Republicans
pleased
with
Biden’s
calls for
unity
in
his
Wednesday
speech
were
frustrated
that
his
first
executive
actions
reflected
the
priorities
of
the
left. Sen.
Mitch
McConnell,
R-Ky., accused
Biden
of
taking “several
big
steps
in
the
wrong
direction.”

Van
Duyne
called
Biden’s
immigration
actions
“very
dangerous”
and
said
the
Democrat’s reversal
of the
Keystone
XL oil
and
gas
pipeline
project
on
environmental
grounds
would
kill
jobs
and
lead
to
higher
energy
costs
for
struggling Americans.

“It’s
$1.6
billion
of
wages
he
just
knocked
out with
a
signature,”
Van
Duyne
said
of
the
reversal.
“It’s
thousands
and
thousands of
jobs
that
were
just
decimated
overnight.
You
think
about
the
folks
that
Democrats
claim
that
they
represent —
working
poor,
people
on
fixed
incomes

and
literally
with
one movement
of
the
pen
he has
now
raised
their
electricity
rates, raised
their
gas
rates.

They’re
now going
to
have
their
utility
costs
go
skyrocket.”

Rep. Beth Van Duyne, R-Texas, led a letter with 17 GOP freshman to President Biden offering to work with him on bipartisan solutions. "It is clear that the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans does not serve a single American," they wrote in the Jan. 20, 2021 letter.

Rep.
Beth
Van
Duyne,
R-Texas,
led
a
letter
with
17
GOP
freshman
to
President
Biden
offering
to
work
with
him
on
bipartisan
solutions. “It is
clear
that
the
partisan
divide
between
Democrats
and
Republicans
does
not
serve
a
single
American,”
they
wrote
in
the
Jan.
20,
2021
letter.

(Fox
News
screenshot)

TC
Energy,
the
Canadian
company
behind
the
pipeline,
said
it laid
off
1,000
workers
as
a
result
of
Biden’s
executive
action.
Trump
had
approved
construction of
the $9
billion,
1,200-mile
pipeline
that
would
transport
up to 830,000
barrels
of
crude
oil
daily
from Alberta,
Canada,
to
Nebraska.


BIDEN
ENDING
KEYSTONE
PIPELINE
WOULD
KILL
THOUSANDS
OF
AMERICAN
JOBS

According
to
the
Keystone
XL website, the
project,
initially
proposed
more
than
a
decade
ago,
would
sustain
about 11,000
U.S.
jobs
in
2021 –
including
8,000
union
jobs – and
generate
$1.6
billion
in
gross
wages.

In
other
action,
Biden
ordered
a
stop
to
building
the
wall
along
the
southern
border,
ended Trump’s
so-called
“Muslim
travel
ban”
and
reversed one
of
Trump’s
early
executive
orders
that
made
anyone
in
the
country
illegally
a
priority
for
deportations.

Responding
to
the latter
action,
the
Department
of
Homeland
Security announced a 100-day
moratorium
on certain
deportations.
The
pause
does
not
apply
to
people
who
entered
the
country
illegally
on
or
after
Nov.
1,
2020.

Van
Duyne
said
that
under
Trump’s
policies her
home
state
had finally
made
headway
on
improving
border
security.


TEXAS
REP.-ELECT
BETH
VAN
DUYNE
SAYS
OBAMACARE
WAS
‘ONE
OF
THE
BIGGEST
LIES’
OF
HISTORY

“He’s
basically
now
given
an
invitation
for
gang
members,
for
the
drug
cartel
and
for
human
traffickers to
come
on
into
our
country

That
to
me
is
very
dangerous.
And
it’s
going
to
affect
border
states,
specifically
states
like
Texas,”
Van
Duyne
said. 

Van
Duyne
led
the
letter
of
GOP
freshmen
to
Biden
because
she
saw
how
the
country
suffered
when
Democrats
worked
for
four
years
to
resist
Trump
and
were
too
concerned
with
impeachment
and
Russian
collusion
to find
solutions,
she
said. 

“I
quite
honestly
think
I’m
pretty
much
like
most
Americans
who
are
sick
of
that
fight,”
Van
Duyne
said.
“They
want
to
move
forward.
They
want
to
know
that
there
are
adults
who
actually
are
elected
who
are
willing
to
work
on
policy
issues
that
will
affect
them.
And
I
raised
my
hand
and
I
got
16
of
my
fellow
freshmen
to
do
the
same
thing.”

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She
said
Biden
needs
to
work
more
closely
with
Republican
lawmakers  in
order
to
avoid
issuing
more
damaging
executive
orders.

“You
need
to
have
Republicans
at
the
table
that
are
talking
about
how
to
best
defend
and
fight
for
working
families,
and
that
right
now
is
being
completely
missed,”
she
said.


Fox
Business’
Audrey
Conklin
contributed
to
this
report.

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