Biden SOTU: Let’s Finish the Job, Calls for Bipartisanship

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President Joe Biden shakes hands as he presents a copy of his speech to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of Calif., before he delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
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 Let’s finish the job: that’s a theme that ran through President Biden’s State of the Union Address as he urged bipartisanship.

“And to my Republican friends, we could work together last Congress. There’s no reason we can’t work together and find consensus on important things in this Congress as well,” President Biden said.

While speaking on the House floor Tuesday night, the president said, despite disagreements, Democrats and Republicans came together time and time again during his first two years. He touted signing more than 300 bipartisan laws and said that Democrats and Republicans can continue to work together in the future.

The parents of Tyre Nichols were also at the State of the Union less than a week after burying their son, who was severely beaten by Memphis Police.

RowVaughn Wells, third from left, mother of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, and her husband Rodney Wells, second from left, are recognized by President Joe Biden as he delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The president said that what happened to Tyre in Memphis has happened far too often and that the country needs to do better in holding law enforcement to higher standards. He also said there needs to be more resources to reduce violent crime and more community intervention programs, and urged lawmakers to come together and finish the job on police reform.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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