DeLauro Statement on Trump’s State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, DC (February 5, 2019) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s State of the Union address.
“Tonight, under the cloak of bipartisanship, President Trump doubled down on his hypocritical and divisive agenda. The President mentioned wanting to protect people with pre-existing conditions, yet his administration is actively working the dismantle the Affordable Care Act in the courts. He also talked about wanting to fix our immigration system, yet he separated thousands of children from their families and locked them in cages. These are immoral actions at their core, and it is misleading to characterize that agenda as unifying.”
“His idea of working together is building a wall in response to his manufactured crisis at the border just weeks after shutting down the government for the longest period of history when he did not get his way. That is unacceptable, and it betrays his duty to help govern our nation responsibly as a co-equal branch of government. That is exactly why I invited former United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly to be my guest at the State of the Union. Having served as Connecticut’s top federal law enforcement officer, she has seen how our law enforcement resources can most effectively address criminal conduct—including drug crimes and the ongoing opioid epidemic.”
“Beyond that, the urgent problem the President is missing is that people are struggling in jobs with stagnant wages that are not keeping up with the rising costs of healthcare, childcare, education, and housing. Our new House majority will remain laser-focused these issues. We will work to unrig the economy that is tilted against working people and the middle class. That means fighting to lower the cost of prescription drugs, renegotiating trade deals like NAFTA to favor workers over big Pharma and corporations, achieving equal pay for women, creating a robust national paid family and medical leave program, investing in public schools for our kids, strengthening our food safety system, and committing to a serious public investment to rebuild our infrastructure to create good-paying jobs and raise wages. This is the positive agenda we are for, and no amount of false promises, hate, or fear-mongering will stop us from fighting for it.”