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Rep. Welch Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

January 31, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s first State of the Union address:

“President Trump put on a good show tonight. He took an exaggerated and unearned victory lap while issuing a hollow call for unity and bipartisanship. What we have learned about this president, the most divisive in modern American history, is that his actions speak louder than his words.

It’s true that Wall Street, big corporations and the wealthiest Americans are more prosperous. And it's true that middle class Americans will receive small yet temporary tax cuts. But the hardworking folks in rural America who helped elect President Trump have been left behind by his presidency. Their purchasing power remains frozen at 1979 levels. Their kids still struggle to find good jobs and an affordable college education. Access to the internet is still slow or nonexistent. And they still struggle to pay their bills, especially prescription drugs for their sick children and elderly parents.

The President says he wants to rebuild America’s infrastructure, but he proposes no substantial federal commitment to get the job done. And there was no mention of broadband investments that are vital to the success of rural Americans.

He says he wants to provide a path to citizenship for young Dreamers like Vermont medical student Juan Conde, yet will only do so if Congress pays a $25 billion ransom for a “big, beautiful wall” that is unnecessary, too expensive, and will never be paid for by Mexico.

And he says he wants to bring down the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, but has proposed no concrete plan to do so. Nothing.

America needs less bluster, braggadocio and showmanship and more concrete, realistic and bipartisan solutions that will revitalize rural America and rebuild our middle class.

By that measure, the president failed to deliver tonight.”