On the day Joe Biden was sworn in because the forty sixth president of america and Kamala Harris as the primary lady of coloration to be vice chairman, Texas Republicans greeted the brand new administration with a mixture of requires bipartisanship and vows to vehemently oppose Biden’s agenda.
The state’s two Republican U.S. senators — Ted Cruz and John Cornyn — and a number of members of the U.S. Home had been available to witness the transition of energy. Six Home Republicans representing Texas in Washington, D.C. confirmed to The Texas Tribune that they didn’t attend Biden’s inauguration resulting from quite a lot of causes like coping with household emergencies and COVID-19 security considerations. Nobody acknowledged that they stayed away to protest Biden’s election.
Main as much as Biden’s swearing in, U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne, R-Irving, signed a letter with 16 different Home GOP freshmen hoping to “rise above the partisan fray” and move laws referring to coronavirus aid, infrastructure and expertise monopolies.
“After two impeachments, prolonged interbranch investigations and, most just lately, the horrific assault on our nation’s capital, it’s clear that the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans doesn’t serve a single American,” the letter mentioned.
U.S. Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, launched a press release additionally addressing the gridlock inside Congress, stating that “Washington can’t be enveloped in infinite battles of political brinkmanship.”
“Someplace alongside the way in which, politicians changed debate with ultimatums, disagreement with hyperbole and opponent with enemy,” Taylor wrote.
The reception as a complete was a far cry from what number of members of the Texas GOP reacted to Biden’s electoral victory in November. A number of Texas Republicans in Congress amplified President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud within the days after the election. Earlier this month, 16 of the state’s 23 GOP Home members objected to certifying Biden’s victory in no less than one state. The vote got here hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to disrupt the certification of the vote. The siege left 5 folks useless.
However on Wednesday, there was no disputing the outcomes. And a few Texas Republicans in Congress expressed hope that Biden may assist mend the nation’s wounds.
“I pray he seeks to unify our deeply divided nation and focuses on repairing our economic system which has suffered a lot below COVID-19,” freshman U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls wrote in a Fb put up.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, a Panhandle Republican, mentioned on Twitter that he was prepared to work with any politician “to make our nation higher.”
“Nonetheless, I’m NOT prepared to compromise on my Conservative values for ANYONE, and I’ll all the time put the wants of my constituents FIRST,” he mentioned.
Others took a extra confrontational tact. The Republican Occasion of Texas launched a press release that didn’t acknowledge Biden and as an alternative targeted on a listing of Trump’s accomplishments and repeated Trump’s false declare in regards to the integrity of the election. There isn’t any proof of widespread fraud within the election that might have affected the consequence.
“It took a worldwide pandemic, a totally corrupt media and big election irregularities for President Trump to be faraway from workplace,” the assertion mentioned. “Nonetheless, what he began is not going to finish as we speak. America First is just not going away. We is not going to give up this nation to the false tune of globalism and progressive socialism.”
In the meantime, Texas Lawyer Basic Ken Paxton, whose workplace has made a behavior out of suing the federal authorities to dam applications it opposes, vowed to be a verify on Biden’s agenda.
“I promise my fellow Texans and People that I’ll battle in opposition to the numerous unconstitutional and unlawful actions that the brand new administration will take, problem federal overreach that infringes on Texans’ rights and function a significant verify in opposition to the administration’s lawlessness,” he mentioned.
And criticism of Biden’s coverage concepts got here swiftly. A number of members expressed their disgust on social media at Biden’s fast plans, together with rejoining the worldwide Paris Settlement, ending the nationwide emergency that Donald Trump declared alongside the U.S.-Mexico border and revoking Trump’s government order that all the tens of millions of individuals dwelling within the nation illegally are priorities for deportation.
“I can be a ROADBLOCK to Joe Biden’s radical agenda in Congress!” U.S. Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, tweeted.
The transfer that drew maybe probably the most pushback was Biden’s plan to revoke a presidential allow granted through the Trump administration to complete the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that extends from Canada by Texas to the Gulf Coast. That drew backlash from Texas Republicans like Cruz, Cornyn and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston.
“The most important losers from this choice are the vitality employees who stood to profit from the pipeline,” Cornyn mentioned in a launch. “There’s little doubt our vitality trade has already suffered through the pandemic, and President Biden’s reply is to kick the trade additional down the nicely.”
Environmental teams, nonetheless, dispute the concept the pipeline will create a lot of everlasting jobs. The State Division estimated through the Obama administration that the pipeline may create 1000’s of non permanent building jobs, however solely 35 full-time, everlasting employees.
Crenshaw tweeted that revoking the pipeline’s allow is just meant to “appease the novel left and their pseudo-environmentalism.” The Nationwide Assets Protection Council, an environmental advocacy group, says on its web site that “the anti-corrosion coating on pipes for the mission is flawed from being saved exterior and uncovered to the weather for the final decade,” making it seemingly that the extremely corrosive tar sands oil going by the pipeline would leak into the atmosphere.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, additionally criticized Biden’s plan to dam the ending of pipeline on Twitter utilizing the hashtag #BidenKillsJobs.
“#Biden fires opening shot on Texas vitality employees,” he tweeted.
In statements late Wednesday, Cruz blasted Biden’s immigration orders and accused Biden of selecting “Paris over Pittsburgh” with the pipeline order. However through the inauguration, Cruz, who maybe known as into query Biden’s victory greater than every other Texan in Congress, saved his commentary on the day’s pomp and circumstance. Congress was debating his objection to the electoral outcomes earlier this month when Trump supporters mobbed the Capitol. On his Twitter account Wednesday, he uploaded a photograph of Biden in the course of taking his oath and praised the artists who sang on the occasion.
“Could God bless america of America,” he mentioned in a single tweet.