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Carson Statement on President Trump's State of the Union address

Jan 31, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman André Carson (IN-07) released the following statement tonight on President Trump's State of the Union address:

“Despite my deep misgivings about President Trump’s campaign for president, I entered his first year in office ready to work together for solutions to critical problems facing all Americans. I was deeply disappointed that rather than working across the aisle, he pursued a series of policies that abandoned the middle-class, seniors, children, and immigrants. He enacted a tax law that left behind the middle-class in favor of millionaires and billionaires. He disrupted our health insurance markets, leaving millions of Americans unsure how they will access affordable health care in the near future. His unrestrained tweeting and self-aggrandizing rhetoric played on our national divisions and ostracized our allies around the world.  The state of our union has suffered because of his irresponsible governance.

“Tonight’s speech did little to repair the damage of the last year. However, I continue to believe that working together is the best way to move our country forward.

“President Trump and I agree on the job creation and economic development potential we could see from an infrastructure investment package. In Indiana, where crumbling roads and bridges cost the average Hoosiers $272 per year in repairs, this package could mean more good paying jobs and more money in their pockets.  I hope to work with the President to bring forward a well-balanced proposal early this year.

“With over 59,000 overdose deaths in 2016, including over 1,500 in Indiana, we agree on the need to tackle the opioid crisis. I applauded his decision to formally name it a national health emergency and to get the chance to vote for legislation to give the funding it deserves.

“Affordable community health care continues to be a top priority for countless low-income neighborhoods across our country. Despite allowing Community Health Centers to lapse, I’m hopeful that my Republican colleagues will work with us to bring return to our long track record of funding these centers.

“No matter how much I disagree with the President’s ideology, policies, and approach to the presidency, I remain committed to working with anyone who has the best interests of my constituents and the American people at heart. I will continue to encourage the President and my Republican colleagues to return to our traditional, non-partisan approach to many of the issues facing our country. But, as through the last year, I will stand firmly opposed to any effort that will hurt those I represent or further divide our nation. Now is the time for unity, not division.”