McConnell: Biden ‘took several big steps in the wrong direction’ on Day One

McConnell: Biden ‘took several big steps in the wrong direction’ on Day One

Just
one
day
after

President
Biden
spoke
of unity
in
his
inaugural
address
to
the
nation,
Senate
Minority
Leader

Mitch
McConnell
says
the
Democrat
president
has
headed
in
“the
wrong
direction.”

Speaking
from
the
Senate
floor
Thursday,
the
Kentucky
Republican
condemned
several
executive
actions
Biden
took
on
his
first
day
in
office,
including
revoking
a
key
permit
for
the
Keystone
Pipeline
XL,
rejoining
the
Paris
climate
agreement
and
removing
a
Trump-appointed
general
counsel
to
the
National
Labor
Relations
Board.

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“On
the
Biden
administration’s
very
first
day,
it
took
several
big
steps
in
the
wrong
direction,”
McConnell
said,
adding
that
there
is
time
for
Biden
to
“remember
that
he
does
not
owe
his
election
to
the
far
left.”

Republicans
have
taken
issue
with
the
Paris
climate
agreement,
an
international
accord joined
by
nearly
200
nations
with
the
intent
of
lowering
greenhouse
gas
emissions
and
reversing the
human
impact
on
climate
change.

But
GOP
officials
claim
the
agreement – which President
Trump
almost
immediately
pulled
the
U.S.
out
of after
taking
office
in
2017
– will
impact
manufacturing
jobs
and
unfairly
hold the
U.S.
to
an
environmental
standard
not
met
by
China
or
India.

McConnell,
along
with
other
congressional
GOP
members,
has similarly
taken
issue
with
Biden’s
decision
to
kill
the
Keystone
Pipeline
XL.

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Environmentalist
and
Native
American
tribes
have
taken
issue
with
the
1,200-mile
pipeline
since
2004,
as
it
draws
oil
from
tar
sands
and
crosses
tribal
territory.

Conservatives
believe
that
the
move
will
negatively
impact
the
oil
and
gas
industry,
along
with
employment
in
the
sector.

Biden’s

climate-forward
initiatives
signify
the
strong
stance
his
administration
will
take
on
tackling
climate
change
in
the
U.S.
and
making
policy
changes
that
will
target
environmentally-conscious strategies.

But
McConnell
also
reminded
Biden
and
the
slim
Democratic
Senate
majority that
Americans
voted
to
keep
a
split
Senate,
with
50
Republicans
and
50
Democrats,
which
means
Republicans
intend
to
challenge
policies
they
believe
will
have
negative
impacts
on
their
constituents.

“If
and
when
our
Democratic
friends
depart
from
common
sense,
when
they
retreat
from
common
ground,
when
their
proposals
would
harm
the
common
good
– then
we’ll
use
the
power
the
American
people
have
given
us
to
push
for
what
is
right,”
the
minority
leader
said
from
the
floor. 

Some
congressional
Democrats
have
discussed
removing
the
filibuster,
a
move
McConnell
urged
senators
to
rethink.
Keeping
the
filibuster
as
a
political
tool means
Democrats
would
have
to
garner
at
least 10
Republican
votes
to
get
most
legislation
passed
through
the
upper
chamber

a
challenge
that
could
prove
difficult
with liberal
agendas.

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“The
president
can
and
should
refocus
his
administration
on
creating
good-paying
American
jobs,
not
sacrificing
our
people’s
livelihoods
to
liberal
symbolism,”
McConnell
said.

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