Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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Rep. Diana DeGette statement on president’s State of the Union speech

Feb 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DCU.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) released the following statement on the president’s State of the Union speech this evening:

“What we heard tonight was classic state-of-the-union Trump, who tells everybody what they want to hear. Unfortunately, what we are forced to live with every other day is a president whose actions are doing real harm to our country – from shutting down the government, to ripping families apart at the border, to making it harder for women to get the family planning services they need.

“If the president wants to work with Congress to find real solutions to some our nation’s most pressing issues – such as lowering the cost of prescription drugs, improving our infrastructure and creating more jobs – then we are certainly ready to work with him. But if the president is going to stand in front of Congress and say one thing, then turn around and continue to pursue his agenda that involves denying climate change, rolling back our environmental standards and eliminating the Affordable Care Act, then he’s going to have quite a fight on his hands with this new Congress. Congress has a constitutional duty to exercise its oversight responsibility to uphold our system of checks and balances - and I intend to fulfill that responsibility.”