WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement in response to President Biden’s first State of the Union Address.

“President Biden’s State of the Union rightly focused a great deal on the devastating situation in Ukraine and America’s role in defending democracy and promoting freedom. We stand with the courageous Ukrainian people as they fight off a brutal dictator. Sadly, one of the Biden Administration’s biggest failures comes in an area that could have made the biggest difference: American-made energy. By halting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and limiting our tremendous energy potential, the Biden Administration has left us weaker in a dangerous world.

“Here at home, working families are fearful of rising crime rates, a deadly opioid epidemic, and a lack of security at our southern border. They see increased inflation and a supply chain crisis making it harder to make ends meet. Main Street jobs that were lost during the crippling COVID shutdowns have yet to return. With each passing day, our challenges are only getting worse. The president talked big tonight, but the American people are yearning for actionable leadership from this White House.”