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Oregon Politicians React to State of the Union Address

In the wake of President Trump's State of the Union address, Representative Greg Walden and Senators Wyden and Merkley issued their responses.

Posted: Feb 6, 2019 3:32 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2019 3:34 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of President Trump's State of the Union address, several of Oregon's elected lawmakers in D.C. are speaking out with their reaction to the Commander-in-Chief's words.

“It was stunning to hear a President plead with Congress to set aside its constitutional duty to conduct vigorous oversight," said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D) in a statement. "I walked out tonight reflecting on the sacred American principle that no one is above the law. The state of the union is clear: Donald Trump is steering America in the wrong direction.”

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D) expressed a similar sentiment in an interview with NewsWatch 12.

"What we saw last night was a very partisan speech, the President didn't address the big issues facing America," Sen. Merkley said. "We didn't see him tackle carbon pollution and climate chaos which has resulted in everything from the more intense forest fires in the northwest to the more powerful hurricanes in the southeast and everything in between. He didn't provide any vision for strengthening the foundation for our families on healthcare, on education, on living wage jobs, on housing, on infrastructure. He did mention a few things, but he didn't have a plan."

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) struck a much more positive tone in his brief video response.

"I thought the President gave a very powerful and patriotic speech. He opened the door to a new era of unity and working together on things from cancer research on children, securing our borders, to infrastructure that we know our country needs," Rep. Walden said. "So hopefully today marks a new day, tonight marks a new night, where we can come together and solve America's problems in a bipartisan way."

Rep. Walden's full video response may be viewed below.

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