Rep. Maloney Response to the State of the Union

Feb 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

“Tonight’s State of the Union started with words of compromise and included moments of common purpose but the wheels of truth came off early and the President never recovered.

“The President paid lip service to potential areas of bipartisan cooperation, such as infrastructure investments and combating HIV/AIDS, and Congress should be willing to see if those words will be followed by action. For the most part, however, this speech was filled with lies, fear mongering, and a blatant disrespect for our country’s system of checks and balances. The words I heard tonight only strengthen my resolve to do everything possible to hold this President and his Administration accountable for their long list of questionable, cruel, and corrupt policies and to fight for an agenda that is truly for the people.

“Right now, the healthcare and wellbeing of millions of New Yorkers is at risk thanks to the President’s unrelenting attacks on the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and women’s access to healthcare. I will continue fighting to protect people with pre-existing conditions, to expand healthcare, to safeguard a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, and to lower the cost of prescription drugs. New Yorkers are beginning to file their taxes and are finding themselves with higher tax bills thanks to the President’s tax scam that capped state and local tax deductions at $10,000. This one change to the tax code will cost New Yorkers dearly and I am committed to doing everything I can to repeal it.

“The President says he is for bipartisanship and for an America that works for everyone. Unfortunately, for the last two years we’ve seen the exact opposite from him and his Administration. Based on tonight’s speech, it’s clear that the next two years won’t be any different.”

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