Lawmakers react to State of the Union speech

Lawmakers react to State of the Union speech
Lawmakers have released statements following the President's State of the Union Speech (Source: KFVS)

WASHINGTON (KFVS) - Heartland lawmakers are speaking out after the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

President Trump delivers the State of the Union

The State of the Union Address>>> and Democratic response

Posted by KFVS-TV on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) issued this video response:

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth released the following statement:

Tonight, we saw the same reckless rhetoric that has been a signature of Donald Trump’s presidency. Instead of attempting to unite the country and bring people together after the ridiculous and unnecessary government shutdown, the President played on America’s internal divisions and employed his usual xenophobic attacks on immigrants. Instead of proposing ethics reforms to clean up Washington, he asked Congress and law enforcement to stop investigating misconduct in his administration – and he missed a critical opportunity to present credible, thoughtful solutions to some of the serious challenges facing our country like our crumbling infrastructure and rising health care costs. The American people are counting on their elected leaders to come together on these difficult issues and pass common-sense solutions. It’s unfortunate that the commander-in-chief did not use tonight as an opportunity to change course or deliver a positive and inclusive message that moves us forward as a nation.”
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement:

“I appreciate President Trump using his address to highlight some of the work he and Congress can pursue together to protect America’s workers, grow our economy, and keep our families safe. These bipartisan, common sense solutions are vitally important to the future of Southern Illinois.  Let’s not kid ourselves, our nation faces many challenges.  But I’ll always believe that we, as Americans, share so much common ground.  Washington just needs to spend less time digging in our heels and more time building upon the values that make this country great.”
Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12)

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued this statement:

“During the State of the Union, President Trump shared an inspiring vision of American greatness and outlined a bipartisan agenda that can break decades of political stalemate. I was pleased to hear the President address our nation’s workforce demands and infrastructure needs, reaffirming his commitment to fighting for free and fairer trade deals for Missouri farmers and sharing a bold vision for rebuilding American infrastructure, much like the critical needs our state faces. President Trump is a problem solver and offered a number of common sense, bipartisan solutions during his address. I will continue to work alongside the President to make America great again."
MO Gov. Mike Parson (R)

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (IL) released the following statement:

What is the state of the union under President Trump?  Affordable health insurance — including for people with pre-existing conditions — is at risk because of a lawsuit filed by Republican Attorneys General and supported by this President and his Administration. 
Sen. Dick Durbin

Senator Josh Hawley (MO) also released a statement:

“Tonight, President Trump challenged Congress to break through partisan gridlock and get working for the American people. That’s what we were sent to Washington to do: work at getting real things done. He outlined an ambitious path forward and I commend him.
Sen. Josh Hawley

Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell released this statement:

“It was a great speech. One time a year the President gets to address the nation in the State of the Union, actually the only speech mentioned in the Constitution. He laid out the robust economy we have. The tax cut that we passed clearly had a positive impact – the lowest unemployment in 50 years – America has much to be happy about. But we’ve got some problems and the Southern Border is one of them. The President has pushed for adequate border security and I’m hoping that the Congress will finally give it to him after some back and forth between the Democratic opponents who seem to be a little less interested in border security.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement:

“In his first address to a divided government, President Trump reported on his record — a stronger economy, a more powerful military, and a modernized tax code that is putting more money in middle class families' pockets. He noted important bipartisan achievements as well, including criminal justice reform, workforce education, landmark VA reform, and legislation to combat the opioid crisis. To build on that record of success, the president also urged Congress to act on his priorities — securing our borders and reforming our broken immigration system; rebuilding our infrastructure; lowering drug prices and health care costs; and renegotiating fairer trade deals. On some of these issues we might find the bipartisan agreement we need to move forward. Others may take longer to find compromise. I look forward to working with President Trump and advancing the bold agenda he proposed tonight.”
John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15)

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