Republican Sen. Tim Scott attacked President Biden’s American Rescue Plan during his rebuttal to Biden’s joint session remarks to Congress. Scott called it a “partisan bill” and said the administration pushed Americans “apart,”
“Last year, under Republican leadership, we passed five bipartisan Covid package. Congress supported our schools, our hospitals, saved our economy, funded Operational Warp Speed delivering vaccines in record time. All five bills. Got 90 votes in the Senate. Common sense, found common ground,” Scott argued.
Scott discussed his personal experience growing up in a single-mother household and how the pandemic has “attacked” every ladder that help him become a success.
“Growing up, I never dreamt of standing up here tonight. When I was a kid, my parents divorced. My mother, my brother and I moved in with my grandparents. Three of us sharing one bedroom. I was disillusioned and angry and I nearly fell out of school but I was blessed. First by a praying mama. And let me say this to the single mothers out there who are working their tails off and making ends meet, and wondering it works, you can bet it is. God bless your amazing effort on part of your kids,” Scott said.
Scott recounted the “string of opportunities” that are only possible here in America that allowed him to follow his dreams and how he has “watched Covid attacked every wrung of the ladder that helped me up.”
“So many families lost parents and grandparents too early. So many small businesses have gone under, becoming a Christian transformed my life but for months, too many churches were shutdown. Most of all, I am saddened that millions of kids have lost a year of learning when they could not afford to lose a single day,” Scott said.
“Locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of the future. Our public schools should have opened months ago,” Scott continued.
Many Democratic lawmakers were hesitant to open schools and were supportive of restrictions on gatherings during the height of coronavirus surges and prior to vaccines being available.