AZUZ: OK. As we mentioned, another event associated with the president's annual message is the opposing political party's response. This has been a tradition since the 1960s'. And as President Biden is a Democrat, last night's speaker representing the Republican party is U.S. Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina. The politician and businessman has been serving in the Senate since 2013. Here are some highlights from the GOP response.
SEN. TIM SCOTT (R-SC): Our president seems like a good man. His speech was full of good words but our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes. We need policies and progress that brings us closer together. The three months in, the actions of the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart.
Republicans support everything you think of when you think of infrastructure, roads, bridges, ports, airports, waterways, high-speed broadband. We're in for all of that. Less than six percent of the president's plan goes to roads and bridges. It's a liberal wish list of big government waste plus the biggest job killing tax hikes in a generation.
We should be expanding opportunities and options for all families not throwing money at certain issues because Democrats think they know best. No where do we need common ground more desperately than in our discussions of race. My friends across the aisle seem to want the issue more than they wanted a solution.
Race is not a political weapon to settle every issue the way one side wants. It's far too important. I am standing here because my mom has prayed me through some really tough times. I believe our nation has succeeded the same way because generations of Americans in their own ways have asked for grace and God has supplied it.
南卡罗来纳州共和党参议员蒂姆·斯科特：我们的总统似乎是个好人 。他的讲话充满了好听的话 。但是，我们国家渴望的不仅仅是空洞的陈词滥调，我们需要更加团结的政策和进步 。但是三个月后，总统和他的政党的行动将我们拉得更远了 。
共和党人支持您想到“基础设施”时想到的一切 。道路，桥梁，港口，机场，水路，高速宽带 。我们全都投入 。总统计划中只有不到6%的资金用于公路和桥梁 。这是一份自由主义的愿望清单，上面包括大量政府浪费，还有一代人以来最大的扼杀就业的增税 。
我们应该为所有家庭扩大选择和机会，不要因为民主党人认为他们最了解某些问题而在某些问题上乱花钱 。没有什么比在种族问题上达成共识更急需的了 。民主党的朋友似乎更希望有这个问题，而不想要解决方案 。
种族并不是以一方所希望的方式解决所有问题的政治武器 。这太重要了 。我能站在这里是因为我妈妈为我祈祷，度过了一些非常艰难的时期 。我相信我们的国家也以同样的方式取得了成功，因为一代又一代的美国人以他们自己的方式祈求恩典，而上帝也提供了恩典 。
1. be associated with 有关联的；相关的；
This syndrome is associated with frequent coughing.
2. be full of 有大量…的；满是…的；
The article is full of technical terms.
3. starve for 缺乏…的；急需…的；
They starve for the experience of practical work.
4. bring together 团结起来；
We should bring together the departments so that we're all singing from the same hymn sheet.