Cummings Responds to the President’s State of the Union

February 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC (February 5, 2019)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Trump tried to strike a reconciliatory note that has not been supported by his actions.  He called on Democrats and Republicans to work together in a bipartisan manner, but over the past two years, he has sown division and demanded that he get exactly what he wants.

“Next week, the economic security of hundreds of thousands of government employees, contractors, and their families will be imperiled again if the President insists on holding them hostage to obtain billions of taxpayer dollars for his misguided border wall.  We need to work together to protect our nation through smart border security, not squander it on measures that are ineffective and wasteful.

“We also need to uphold our nation’s laws by protecting those who seek refuge in America.  We must not forget the thousands of immigrant children the Trump Administration separated from their families.  We must remedy this gross injustice immediately.  This should not be a partisan issue. We should all be able to agree that in the United States of America, we will not intentionally separate children from their parents.

“Tonight, the President promised to work to lower the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.  I agree that this is one of the most important issues American families face, and I am pleased that President Trump and members of his Administration have made overtures indicating that they may be ready to start working on this issue.  But we have had two years with no action.  When drug companies keep increasing their prices to unsustainable levels, it is literally a matter of life and death.  The American people are counting on us to address the issue head on.

“The President seems to believe that because Congress must legislate, we should not investigate.  Of course, the Constitution requires us to do both.  That is exactly how it works.

“Last November, the American people demanded that their representatives in Washington fight for them and for what affects them on a daily basis.  They want Congress to serve as a truly independent check on the Executive Branch.  And they want us to stand up to the President’s repeated attacks on our nation’s institutions, including our judicial system, our intelligence officials, our law enforcement agencies, our international alliances, our public health system, the environmental protection laws, the census, and the right to vote.  These attacks go directly against the soul of our democracy. 

“The American People deserve a Chief Executive who puts their needs—and the needs of the nation—first.  I hope and pray that President Trump will fulfill this charge going forward.”