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Perlmutter Response to President Trump’s First State of the Union
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) issued the following statement after President Trump’s first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:
"Tonight I was hoping to hear a more unifying message and a commitment to bipartisan cooperation. But unfortunately, I heard neither.
"My guest at tonight's State of the Union, Viviana Andazola Marquez, is an example of an individual that makes our country proud. After living in the U.S. for almost 20 years with no criminal record, Viviana's father was torn from his family and deported. A senior at Yale University, Viviana has pledged to keep fighting for her father and other immigrants in similar situations. Viviana and her family exemplify one of the many reasons we need to pass humane and common sense immigration policies that keep families together, help our communities, and grow our economy.
"I also believe in the critical need for an infrastructure package. When President Trump took office, I saw an opportunity to work with him and the Republican Congress on tax reform paired with infrastructure. It’s unfortunate the Republicans chose to spend $1.5 trillion, at best, on tax cuts for their wealthy donors rather than helping hardworking families or addressing our country’s infrastructure needs. With many Coloradans feeling the squeeze of a growing economy and increased congestion, I hope President Trump and the Republican Congress approach infrastructure in a bipartisan way with real investments in our communities so it can have a broader impact and actually make a difference in the lives of hardworking families.
"Under this administration, we have seen confusion and chaos but one thing is clear: we must continue to hold this administration accountable and stay vigilant against policies that threaten Colorado’s economy or infringe on the values Coloradans cherish."