Rep. Maloney statement in response to President Trump's address to Congress

Feb 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following President Trump’s address to a Joint Session of Congress, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), released the following statement:

“Sadly - instead of offering real solutions, President Trump presented the American people with more rhetoric and a call to end ‘trivial fights.’ Fighting for a more stable economy, for the American worker, fighting to strengthen our health care system, is anything but trivial. 

“At this point in his first term, President Obama had already signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, creating and sustaining over a million jobs.  

"President Trump, on the other hand, has not passed any meaningful legislation in his first 40 days in office. Instead of supporting women and working Americans, he has needed to focus on cleaning up the mess he created with things like the firing of his National Security Advisor, denying corrupt ties to Russia and declaring war on the media.

“Rather than upholding his promises to bring our country together, the President has pursued an insulting agenda that threatens core American values and has done nothing to create good paying jobs or improve the economy. He has repealed worker protections, threatened the healthcare of millions of Americans, and targeted immigrants and refugees.

“Tonight, while encouraged by President Trump’s call for an infrastructure program and paid family leave for the birth of a child, I am disappointed that we have still not seen any policy prescriptions to make such visions a reality. We need real leadership and policy goals to move our country forward. 

“As we have seen time and time again, when Congress, and our country at large, comes together to accomplish a common goal, there is no one greater than the United States. We need a President who can unite us around real solutions and inspire us to work together so that we can make this country better for each and every American. Enough of the rhetoric – it’s time for real action.”