Pocan Statement on the President’s Joint Address to Congress
"We have heard the President stand in front of a teleprompter and deliver a speech full of empty promises and self-serving boasts before."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement after the President delivered his Joint Address to Congress:
“We have heard the President stand in front of a teleprompter and deliver a speech full of empty promises and self-serving boasts before. At the end of the day, what matters to hard-working people in this country struggling to make ends meet are actions. So far, this President has done little to improve economic conditions and provide real help for working families. We have heard a lot of words from the President, but seen precious few policies from the White House that would create economic stability in our country. Instead, we have seen an Administration focused on spreading fear and hatred, while putting Wall Street banks and CEOs ahead of working people.
“From implementing a ban on people based on their religion to his alarming rhetoric on immigrants like my guest, Lupe Salermón, the President has made divisiveness a core value of his Administration. While this might play well in Trump Tower or at Mar-a-Lago – the United States is a diverse country full of people who work hard for a better future. The President is moving our country backwards with his divisional stance on immigration and support for tearing families apart to score political points.
“This is a President who would like claim he is on the side of working people, but his own actions as a ‘businessman’ hurt workers and small businesses. His cabinet is full of Wall Street Bankers, multi-millionaires and billionaires who took advantage of an economy rigged against working families. It’s also no surprise his tax plan will be full of tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations. These are not the actions of a President who wants to see working Americans succeed.
“There are still a lot of question marks surrounding this President on everything from his tax returns to his conflicts of interest to his potential ties to Russia and their interference in our election. I hope that the American people hear what the President said tonight and hold him to a higher standard when it comes to his actions and policies.”