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Schakowsky Statement on President Trump's SOTU Address

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, released the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, we heard teleprompter Trump, and tomorrow we’ll hear Twitter Trump again. It was very rich to hear the most divisive President of the United States in modern history make a call for unity and optimism in tonight’s State of the Union address. This is the same President who recently shut down the government, holding millions hostage, because he had a partisan tantrum over his fantasy wall. This is the same President who is currently disregarding the bipartisan effort underway in Congress to secure our borders. This is the same President who has worked to sabotage healthcare in our country and provide tax cuts for the extremely wealthy while leaving the middle class out in the cold.

“President Trump has taken active measures to harm immigrants, and block entire immigrant populations from reaching our shores, but he says he wants to cooperate on immigration. This is the same President who said he wants a deal on infrastructure but has done nothing to help our nation’s aging roads, bridges, ports, and power grid for the last two years.  How many ‘infrastructure’ weeks has he tried to launch?

“We heard from the same President who has insulted allies, cozied up to the world’s most brutal dictators, threatened the NATO alliance, blown up international agreements and treaties, and lied about the defeat of ISIS and the diminishment of North Korean nuclear program, claim that his foreign policy is successful.

“If the President wants to spend his last two years in office truly cooperating, House Democrats are willing to do so. Mr. President, let’s lower the cost of prescription drugs, raise workers’ wages by making union membership available to all workers, and ensure all workers have a dignified retirement.  Let’s make a deal to tackle our crumbling infrastructure, combat climate change and unite to fight anti-Semitism, bigotry and all forms of hatred. And Mr. President, lets clean up corruption in Washington, starting with your Administration.

“I hope the President will stop lying, and deal with reality. Let Congress craft a bipartisan solution to keep the government open, then together we can tackle the many challenges our nation is facing. Based on the President’s last 25 months in office, I’m not optimistic.”

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