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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s State of the Union address:

“Americans had desperately hoped President Biden would reverse course on his disastrous policies. Instead tonight’s speech made clear that Biden wants to double-down on the destruction caused by one year of one-party, Democrat rule. Violent crime is up, fentanyl is flowing through our open border, children have suffered through disrupted learning, and small businesses were punished at the whim of power-hungry politicians. But don’t take my word for it, hear it directly from the American people…”

Matt Stayner on rising crime:

“My family and I live in Los Angeles, California — the most beautiful state in the union… However, my city of Los Angeles is suffering largely due to failed policies and decisions of our elected leaders.

“Unfortunately, my family was impacted, as my son was stabbed on a metro subway from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica by a homeless man. And my car was stolen from our home. Fortunately, the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff came to our rescue, and my son was not injured and my car was found and returned.”

Judge Dale Carruthers on the border: 

“The Biden administration’s open border policy is a man-made crisis, exposing America to an unprecedented level of criminal activity… The county I represent, having 91 miles of border frontage, has experienced tremendous property damage due to immigrants illegally trespassing and causing property damage to fences and water lines.”

Addison George on disrupted learning: 

“I had to do remote school for over a year where I was sitting in my room, alone, at my desk staring at a computer screen not retaining any information… I had everything taken away from me that made high school feel like high school.”

Eric Flannery, Co-Owner of The Big Board on bureaucratic government mandates:

“In December of 2021, the mayor of Washington, D.C. implemented emergency orders that required us to check people’s personal medical records and mask our servers. We did a little soul-searching and decided that we were not going to do that… The reaction from the city was swift and severe: inside of three weeks, my liquor license, my business license, and my health department license were removed and given the emergency nature of how this order was implemented, we were not given the right to appeal”