NW Congressional Reaction To SOU Speech
Washington DC – Northwest members of Congress are reacting to President Trump’s State of the Union address last night. Oregon’s lone Republican Congressman, Greg Walden says ” I thought the President gave a good speech. I think it was important he talked about taking better care of our veterans. That’s been an issue I’ve cared deeply about.” He also thought it was important the President talked about the opiod crisis and economy. He says he thinks “we have a great opportunity going forward to work together in a bi partisan way to solve our immigration and border security issues, to solve the opiod epidemic and to do so much more for our veterans and economy.”
Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley says “President Trump delivered a speech tonight that was virtually devoid of substance. “There was the long-awaited infrastructure plan which, instead of truly investing in our nation’s future and its infrastructure, leaves rural America behind, puts local taxpayers on the hook, and leaves our communities hostage to highway robbery from Wall Street. If the President has his way, instead of the Eisenhower Interstate System, Americans should get ready for ‘Trump Tolls.’
Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says “Trump has spent the last two years making grandiose promises to put workers and families first, but he and congressional Republicans are frantically working to reward corporations and the politically powerful.”
Oregon Democratic Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici says “this evening the President talked about working together and uniting the country, but to date he has created division. Now he must put those words into action. Trump needs to leave behind the days of hateful, racist rhetoric, and start setting a positive example for the country. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass good policies that grow our economy and to enact comprehensive immigration reform that will protect Dreamers.”
SW Washington Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler says “A year ago at his inaugural address, President Trump said “… we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.” When I heard him speak tonight, I thought about the average, middle-income family in Southwest Washington. Since that time, what kinds of opportunities have they had to improve their lives and the lives of their children?
A year ago, one of the goals President Trump set forth was to undo burdensome, costly federal bureaucracy. Working together, we have cut 22 bureaucratic regulations for every new rule – saving taxpayers $3.7 billion.”