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Welch Statement on President Trump's State of the Union Address

February 5, 2019
Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

“It’s good that the President called for unity tonight. But when the President who calls for unity is the one who has spent his presidency sowing discord—yes, I’d like to be hopeful—but I am deeply skeptical.

When the President calls on us to ‘choose greatness,’ America is ready. That I know.

But is he?

Is President Trump choosing greatness when he persists in denying the greatest challenge of our time—the threat of climate change?

Is the President choosing greatness when he continues to ridicule science, when all news he dislikes is fake, when he maligns respected institutions like the FBI, and when he bans entry into our country on the basis of religion?

Is President Trump giving America an opportunity to choose greatness when the entire issue of immigration—the need for better border security, the state of the Dreamers, the improvement of legal immigration—is reduced to funding a thirty-foot wall he promised would be paid for by Mexico?

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 to do it right for the citizens we represent.”

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