Mixed reaction from local lawmakers to State of the Union address


Local lawmakers have mixed initial reactions to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

Following the president’s address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered his own response via Facebook, in which he criticized the President’s comments that the U.S. has ‘the hottest economy anywhere in the world’.

Sanders said, “Despite what President Trump says, it is not ‘a hot economy’ when 43% of households can’t afford to pay for housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone without going into debt. That is not a hot economy.”

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy tweeted, “After two years of division and demagoguery, President Trump has spoken some words about unity. Unfortunately, what the TelePrompTer giveth, the President’s daily actions and hourly tweets quickly taketh away.”

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik said in a written statement, “Protecting our national security, strengthening our infrastructure, lowering the cost of healthcare, fighting against pediatric cancer, eliminating HIV/AIDS, securing our border, and fighting for the interests of hardworking American families are priorities that both sides of the aisle can and should come together to achieve.”

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said in a written statement, “The President is correct that bipartisanship and compromise can yield results for the American people, as it has for addressing the opioid epidemic, veterans’ health care, childhood cancer, criminal justice reform and many other critical issues. However, I was disappointed that the President didn’t deliver a commitment to refrain from once again shutting down the government, or outline a willingness to compromise as Congress seeks a bipartisan agreement to fund the government and provide additional border security.”

Lastly, Vermont Rep. Peter Welch released a statement saying “On some of the specific issues President Trump mentioned, I’m ready to work with him and I know my Democratic colleagues are, too. We need an ambitious infrastructure plan that includes high-speed broadband in rural America. We need lower-cost prescription drugs – an approach that ends the rampant price gouging of the pharmaceutical industry. My hope is that the President will follow his words on these issues with action. If so, I will do all I can to help. If not, I will do all I can do for the citizens I represent.”

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