Maloney Response to the State of the Union

Jan 30, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address this evening:

“President Trump has led one of the most anti-New York Administrations and Congresses that we have ever seen. We saw that with the tax bill, which threw a dagger straight at the heart of our city and state. By capping state and local tax (SALT) deductions at $10,000, New Yorkers will effectively be double-taxed since we will no longer be able to deduct all of the state and local taxes we pay from what we owe to the federal government. We also saw it with the Justice Department withholding federal funds for our local law enforcement agencies and with the failed Republican healthcare bill which would have cut more than $7 billion in Medicaid funding from our state. And it looks like we will see it again with the Administration’s infrastructure proposal which actually cuts federal investments in mass transit, the life blood of our city, in order to fund other projects.

“For the last year, instead of working for a better deal for all Americans, this Republican Congress and President Trump have prioritized tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest few while harming the middle class and hardworking Americans by ripping away healthcare for millions, cutting Medicare, repealing workplace and environmental protections, and more. That’s not a viable way forward for our country, it’s a recipe for disaster. Instead, we should be working on bipartisan priorities like investing in our nation’s infrastructure, finding a path forward for Dreamers, improving education and fostering an economy where all hardworking Americans can succeed.

“I’m proud to have been joined tonight by Diego de la Vega, an intern from my New York office and a Dreamer. He stands for everything we are fighting for. Just earlier today, in describing the fight for a permanent solution to DACA he quoted the late, great Ted Kennedy; ‘The work goes on. The cause endures. The hope still lives and the dream shall never die.’ Diego is an inspiring American in every way but on paper and I will continue to fight for him and all Dreamers.

“It’s time for this President to recognize that when he took that oath of office last January 20, he swore to represent all the American people, not just those that elected him. I hope he starts acting like it.”