McCollum Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address:
“President Trump’s speech was long on campaign rhetoric and filled with empty promises of a Republican agenda that continues to divide America. Instead of solutions that unite our nation, the first year of the Trump presidency has been defined by chaos, dysfunction, and scandal.
“With House Republicans’ enthusiastic support, President Trump has sabotaged health care for millions of Americans, rolled back essential environmental safeguards, and pursued a reckless and cruel immigration policy. President Trump’s signature law, the Republican tax scam, will raise taxes on many middle class Minnesotans while slashing tax rates for billionaires and big corporations.
“The unspoken reality tonight is that President Trump is mired in a criminal investigation and appears to have obstructed justice. His backwards agenda, his administration’s incompetence, and the dark cloud over his White House demands a Congress that pursues accountability — not one that conspires with and covers up for this failing President.”
Minnesota Senator Richard Cohen (DFL-SD64), Congresswoman McCollum’s guest to the State of the Union, released the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address:
“For the past eight years, Minnesota has succeeded in building a more equitable tax structure that supports the middle class and responsibly taxes Minnesotans with the most resources. I have been proud to work with Governor Dayton on this effort.
“Unfortunately, the Republican tax legislation that President Trump spent so much time touting tonight upends this careful work and takes Minnesota backwards. While 83 percent of the benefits from the tax bill go to the top 1 percent, Republican Congressional leaders already appear to be using the deficits the bill created to justify cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and other safety net programs. All Minnesotans should be concerned about the squeeze this legislation will put on our state and our citizens.”