Shaheen Statement on President Trump's State of the Union Address

February 05, 2019

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: 

"The President is correct that bipartisanship and compromise can yield results for the American people, as it has for addressing the opioid epidemic, veterans’ health care, childhood cancer, criminal justice reform and many other critical issues. However, I was disappointed that the President didn't deliver a commitment to refrain from once again shutting down the government, or outline a willingness to compromise as Congress seeks a bipartisan agreement to fund the government and provide additional border security. The recent government shutdown took a terrible toll on many New Hampshire families and businesses, and must not be repeated. 

"I appreciate that the President again committed to reducing the cost of prescription drugs and investing in our nation's infrastructure -- I stand ready to work with him to find bipartisan agreement on these critical issues that matter greatly to New Hampshire's families and businesses. It is so imperative that this rhetoric finally be met with action, and I urge the President to engage in constructive cooperation with Congress to deliver these results for the American people.  

"I'm also glad that the President recognized many special Americans, including heroic veterans, who demonstrated the diversity and strength of our nation.  

"It was a great honor to have Andrea Amico as my guest tonight as we highlighted the need for federal action to prevent and end PFAS exposure in our communities. It is important that the Trump administration show leadership and help protect families in New Hampshire and across the country from these harmful materials."