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Foster Statement on State of the Union Address

Feb 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“We all agree that we have a lot of work to do to strengthen the middle class, protect our national security, and fix our broken immigration system. Unfortunately, this President has consistently undermined the policies that made our country great in the past and fails to acknowledge what we need to do to strengthen our future. At the end of World War II, United States made a promise to preserve the rights and integrity of every human being regardless of who they are, where they were born, or what religion they worshiped. We established policies that grew our middle class and transformed our country into a leader in science, innovation, and technology. The President’s focus on falsehoods and extreme xenophobia threatens this progress and the good for which our country stands.

We cannot strengthen the middle class with a tax code that Congressional Republicans wrote to help billionaires, corporations, and their wealthy campaign donors. We cannot protect our national security if the President is unable to engage technical experts who understand North Korea and denuclearization or the need for missile treaties. We cannot expect the President to create good policies on nuclear weapons if he does not understand that the Iran Nuclear Deal was a success and achieved its goal. We cannot cure cancer by cutting the budget of the National Institutes of Health. We cannot fix our broken immigration system if the President only uses hateful rhetoric and falsehoods to justify a wasteful border wall on our southern border. We cannot expect a President who has personally admitted to sexual assault to lift women up as leaders at home and abroad.  We also cannot expect a President who promotes white supremacy to serve as a moral authority against attacks on Jews, African Americans, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, and any minority who calls this country home.

Our country is and will be stronger when we accept our country’s wonderful diversity and form policies based on facts and reason – not empty, xenophobic platitudes. I’m ready and willing to work with the President on good, thoughtful policies once the President is ready to accept the world in which we live and not the world in which his political base would like to live.”