Hagedorn Statement on President Biden's Address to Congress

April 28, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today issued the following statement after President Biden’s address to Congress:

“Tonight, we heard from President Biden on the state of our nation, one hundred days into his administration. The president painted a picture full of promise, but the reality is that under his failed leadership, we are in an America more divided than ever.

“President Biden talked a lot about help for people who have been left behind, but the brand of radical socialism he and the other Democrat politicians are trying to impose will, in many respects, destroy our country. Radical notions like packing the Supreme Court with liberal activist judges, open borders and amnesty, and gun control are an assault on the founding principles of our country.

“Their extremist Green New Deal policies are disguised as “infrastructure,” but they will make the cost of fuel and electricity skyrocket and make the U.S. dependent upon China for energy. Moreover, their tax-and-spend wish list full of free stuff is not only bad policy but represents empty promises that will degrade our economy and force hard-working American taxpayers to foot the bill for generations to come.

“To keep America strong, create economic opportunity, and defend our way of life, we must nurture the gains achieved by President Trump and Republicans these last four years: a military and foreign policy of Peace Through Strength; secure borders with legal, merit-based immigration; an economic platform of tax reform, less regulation, low-cost energy and trade deals like USMCA; support for the fine men and women of law enforcement; and, protection of our U.S. Constitutional Rights, especially the right to life, our Second Amendment and the right to worship freely.

“I promised to serve as a conservative in Congress and defend the primary economic and employment interests of southern Minnesota, especially sustaining agriculture and rural America, supporting small business and manufacturing, and maintaining world class medical care via the Mayo Clinic and our fine rural hospitals.

“I will continue to stand up for those values by voting for measures to put America and Americans first. I’ll always advocate for free markets, protect our communities, defend our inalienable constitutional rights, and sustain southern Minnesota’s way of life.”

Jim Hagedorn was reelected in 2020 to serve Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives for a second term. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers, and Jim resides in the rural community of Blue Earth. During his time in Congress, Hagedorn has consistently fought for the conservative principles that have made America the greatest nation in the history of the world and championed legislation to promote the First District’s primary industries and job creators – farming, small business and medical care. Hagedorn is a member of the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business.