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Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene joined fellow Republicans in yelling at President Joe Biden during his State of the Union address. This is a tumultuous moment that underscores tensions on major economic issues.
“Lie, lie,” Greene yelled from the back of the House floor. She wasn’t the only House Republican outraged by Biden’s proposal for Republicans to end highly popular federal programs such as Medicare and Social Security.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was even caught on camera uttering a supposed “no” when he shook his head.
Biden was talking about Republican Senator Rick Scott’s interim plan to repeal all federal laws within five years unless Congress votes. Scott, who was in charge of the Senate Republican Party’s campaign branch at the time, was criticized by senior officials in his party, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Before the boos got louder, Mr. Biden said, “Instead of putting a fair burden on the wealthy, some Republicans, some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security abolished — I think it’s the majority. I am not saying that it is.
Biden has tried to argue that Scott’s plan shows broad Republican views. On Tuesday night, he tried to clarify that it was a more limited view, but that wasn’t enough to quell the protests.
The president was defiant in the face of the outburst, replying, “Anyone who doubts it please contact my office and I will give you a copy.”
After the exchange, Biden said both sides found “unanimous unanimity”, happy that Republicans agreed not to touch the qualification program. I promised.
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