Chairman Crowley Statement on President Trump’s Joint Address

February 28, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) released the following statement today after President Trump outlined his agenda that fails to lift up hard-working American families and strengthened Republicans’ resolve to dismantle health care for millions of families.

“President Trump’s joint address this evening was more of the same. It was filled with proposals that will leave our country less secure and without the right investments in hard-working American families. The president’s speech doubled down on many of the worst actions his administration has taken during its first 40 days in office, including reinforcing the White House’s support of an unconstitutional Muslim Ban and Republicans’ desire to see individuals deprived of affordable health care options.

“While it was encouraging to see President Trump finally condemn threats against Jewish Community Centers and the horrific shooting in Kansas, these platitudes are not enough. The president cannot just speak against horrible acts and threats of violence; his actions must follow. Even as President Trump paid lip service to tolerance, his White House is preparing to sign another executive order that threatens to tear families apart. Americans want to see comprehensive reform that fixes our broken immigration system, not unwarranted raids and deportations.

“It became clear after listening to President Trump that his actions do not match his words. Democrats want to find smart solutions that will make our country better for all, but until the White House’s actions match the many empty promises President Trump has made, there will be few opportunities for us to find common ground with President Trump.”