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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires Statement on the State of the Union Address

Feb 5, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement leading up to the President’s State of the Union Address:

“Tonight, President Trump will address Congress and the nation, and I expect he might touch on important topics such as health care, immigration, and the economy, all while calling for bipartisanship and unity in government. However, unity is only truly possible when there is a reliable partner in the White House, whose word means something and is actually indicative of intent. Time and again, the President has proven he is an unfit and unwilling partner in governance by regularly breaking promises and failing to act in the best interest of the nation.

The President’s policies have failed the American middle class and instead caters to the wealthiest and most-connected in our country. He forced a 35-day partial government shutdown out of obstinance, jeopardizing the financial well-being and stability of American families, and costing the American economy nearly $11 billion. He pushed a $2 trillion tax plan that benefitted big corporations, banks, and top-tier earners at the expense of deductions essential for seniors, students, and middle-class families.

Furthermore, the Administration has aggressively continued the attack on American’s health care by promoting junk insurance plans, rolling back protections for women’s reproductive health, and targeting individuals with pre-existing conditions. Rather than work in a good-faith effort to pursue compromises that promote the livelihood and well-being of American communities, the President continues to use falsehoods and fear to promote ineffective policy. In this new year, it is my hope that the Administration will work with Congress in the best interest of the American people.”