Linda Sánchez Statement on Trump State of the Union
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair, this evening released the following statement on the President’s State of the Union address:
“The State of the Union address is an opportunity for the President to lay out his vision for the country and unify the nation behind our common goals. The President made some positive overtures to working together to achieve our shared priorities. However, saying we should work in a bipartisan way and actually achieving real solutions are two entirely different things.
“During his first year in office, the President and the Republican Congress have done little to advance policies which benefit hard working Americans such as affordable child care, paid leave, and protecting retirement security. Instead they have focused on undermining environmental protections and giving massive tax breaks to the rich. In contrast, Democrats have always fought on the side of working families and will continue to push for a better deal for all Americans.
“I am also very disappointed the President continued his efforts to divide our country. I had hoped that the President would seize this opportunity to move beyond his divisive rhetoric and outline a sensible, compassionate solution for Dreamers who work hard, pay taxes, and strive to achieve the American dream. Regrettably, he again doubled down on hateful stereotypes and his costly medieval wall.
“Unfortunately, one evening’s speech does not erase a conflict-ridden, chaotic year that has driven our country even farther apart. Democrats have continually extended the offer to work together on the challenges Americans are facing every day, only to have the door slammed in our faces. It is going to take actions -- not words -- by the President and Congressional Republican leaders to reach across the aisle and bring our country together.
“It is clear to everyone that the American people are tired of the partisanship and discord. Americans want their elected officials to work together in a bipartisan fashion that moves our country forward – that lifts all of us and not just the privileged few. We must answer their call with action. We must work to find common ground and not just work against each other. I remain relentlessly hopeful that we can rise to meet this challenge in the weeks and months ahead.”