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Pre-Release State of the Union Excerpts: "When dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos."

March 1, 2022

In excerpts from the State of the Union Address to be delivered in the Capitol tonight, President Biden calls Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin a "dictator," and issues a warning: "Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos. They keep moving. And, the costs and threats to America and the world keep rising." Echoing President Biden's remarks on Thursday at the White House characterizing the invasion of Ukraine and the U.S. response, the speech reads, "Putin’s war was premeditated and unprovoked. He rejected efforts at diplomacy. He thought the West and NATO wouldn’t respond. And, he thought he could divide us here at home. Putin was wrong. We were ready." Addressing growing inflation in the U.S., the speech articulates a goal of increasing productive capacity, and predicts the $1 trillion Infrastructure Bill signed into law in November will improve the efficiency of supply chains to encourage manufacturing and investment in U.S. companies, summarizing the president's economic strategy with the phrase "Lower your costs, not your wages." "The Department of Energy will make available nearly $3 billion to bolster domestic manufacturing of advanced batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage," it reads. The speech refers to the president's goal of leveling "the playing field" in trade with China, "including launching a new Federal Maritime Commission and Department of Justice initiative to promote competition in the ocean freight transportation system."

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