Washington (EFE).- The president of the United States, Joe Biden, attacks the economic plans of the Republican opposition, including proposals to cut a popular health care program, in a message full of nods to the 2024 elections.
The president offered at the facilities of a union in the town of Springfield (Virginia) a fiery speech that the White House had publicized as the “biggest” in economic matters so far this year.
Biden lashed out on several occasions against what he calls “MAGA Republicans”, an acronym for “Make America Great Again”, the campaign slogan and the presidency of Donald Trump (2017-2021), who He has already announced that he will compete for the Republican nomination by 2024.
“We are moving in the right direction,” Biden began, referring to the US economy.
“Now,” he said, “we have to protect what we have won, we have to protect those victories against the Republicans in the House of Representatives, who are threatening this progress.”
Republican majority in the lower house
The Republicans won the lower house in the November mid-term elections and, although they have a very narrow majority, they have already proposed cuts to the Social Security Service and to the service of “Medicare”, a public health coverage program for people over 65 years of age.
In addition, House Republicans are threatening to block suspension of the public debt ceiling, which would make the United States default on its national debt for the first time in its history.
«I will not allow it. Not while I’m in charge, “said Biden visibly angry, who assured that he will use his veto power to prevent any initiative that proposes cuts in health, education or science from taking effect.
Biden’s party, the Democrats, retains the majority in the Senate, so it is unlikely that any Republican initiative will become law, since it would not be approved in the Upper House.
Missing Biden ad for 2024 election
Biden has not officially launched his campaign to run for re-election in the 2024 presidential election, but has been saying for months that he intends to run.
During the speech, he repeated some of the election messages he had already delivered during the 2020 election, and while he was serious about the challenges American families face every day, he also made some jokes.
For example, he stated that the middle class is the “backbone of this country” and, when the attendees reacted with applause, he said: “No, no, I’m not trying to be nice. It is what I have been saying in the 400 years that I have been in public office », in reference to his long political career.
“Wall Street did not build America, the middle class is the one that built the United States, the unions are the ones that built the United States!” he cried, repeating one of the messages that resounded at his political rallies in the campaign for the elections of 2020, in which he defeated Trump.
Under the Biden government, the economy has behaved positively with low unemployment rates, but high inflation and interest rate hikes in recent months by the Federal Reserve (Fed) have aroused fears of a possible recession. .