Progressive Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan will deliver the Working Families Party response after President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday, but unlike the Republican response which will lambaste the Biden administration, Tlaib plans to speak in support of the president's Build Back Better agenda.
"Despite some sensational coverage, it’s simple: I’m giving a speech about supporting President Biden and his Build Back Better agenda for the people. Look past the headlines & hear progressives’ vision for working with the President & Congress to deliver for our residents," Tlaib tweeted.
"It should not be this hard to deliver on healthcare, climate, housing, child care, safety, voting rights, clean water and so much more. Democrats are in the majority and must set a new course that moves with a sense of urgency. Our communities deserve for us to act now," Tlaib said, according to the Working Families Party.
The president's "agenda is incomplete," Working Families Party national director Maurice Mitchell said, according to Politico. "We’re going to be clear about who and why the agenda is incomplete. There are particular political actors — of course Republicans, but then a very niche, small group of obstructionist Democrats. And we’re going to name names."
The outlet reported that according to a synopsis of Tlaib's speech, the congresswoman will call for the president to employ executive authority to nix student loan debt and alter how poverty gets calculated in an effort to expand benefits to additional people.
Last year, Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York delivered the Working Families Party response to Biden's speech before a joint session of Congress.
Biden is heading into his State of the Union address while underwater on job approval polls.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will deliver the GOP response to Biden's upcoming State of the Union address.
"Governor Reynolds is the perfect leader to give the Republican response to Joe Biden," Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. "Biden's unconstitutional mandates, skyrocketing prices, surging crime, and open border are leaving Americans behind. Meanwhile, Governor Reynolds and GOP governors are showing how Republican policies work for all Americans."