State of Union

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Here's what Colorado's political leaders are saying about it.

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U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado: “I applaud the President’s call for compromise and cooperation tonight. It is time to leave partisan corners and work together on behalf of the American people to move our country forward. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fix our broken immigration system, fund border security, invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure to reduce traffic in Colorado, and bolster our national security.

“I was pleased the President also highlighted the recent economic growth our economy has experienced following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but there is more we can do. While communities along the Front Range have experienced economic growth over the past few years, many rural communities still feel left behind. We need to further our commitment to economic development across all four corners of our great state.

“I’m confident the future of our nation is bright, and I am hopeful we can find common ground to advance the interests of all Americans.”

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado: “It will take more than a speech to paper over President Trump’s consistent view that the only obligation he has is to his political base.

“We heard nothing in tonight’s speech that addressed how the President will help raise incomes for middle-class Americans, make quality higher education more affordable, or address the urgent problem of climate change.

“The state I represent is a third republican, a third democratic, and a third independent. Colorado knows what hard, bipartisan work really looks like. We’ll be looking in the days, months, and years ahead to see if any of it can be produced in Washington.”

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez: “Tonight, we heard about the many victories Congress and the administration have achieved for the American people over the past year. From comprehensive tax reform to the strongest response to a drug epidemic in our nation’s history, the federal government has worked to advance policies that will have positive impacts on communities across the country.

“There is still more work to be done on issues that are critically important to Coloradans and all Americans, like border security, common-sense immigration reform, infrastructure, and health care. This work must be done in the halls of Congress, with members from both sides of the aisle coming together to achieve workable solutions. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues in Congress and with the President to create more opportunities for Americans and implement long-term solutions to the pressing issues facing our country.”    

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver: “What we heard tonight was classic state-of-the-union Trump, who tells everybody what they want to hear. Unfortunately, what we are forced to live with every other day is a president whose actions are doing real harm to our country – from shutting down the government, to ripping families apart at the border, to making it harder for women to get the family planning services they need.

“If the president wants to work with Congress to find real solutions to some our nation’s most pressing issues – such as lowing the cost of prescription drugs, improving our infrastructure and creating more jobs – then we are certainly ready to work with him. But if the president is going to stand in front of Congress and say one thing, then turn around and continue to pursue his agenda that involves denying climate change, rolling back our environmental standards and eliminating the Affordable Care Act, then he’s going to have quite a fight on his hands with this new Congress. Congress has a constitutional duty to exercise its oversight responsibility to uphold our system of checks and balances - and I intend to fulfill that responsibility.”

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs: "In his third State of the Union Address, President Trump outlined an inspiring vision for our country - a vision around which every American can rally and work to achieve. I truly think everything he touched on in his Address can be accomplished with bipartisan support in Congress. I know that many people in my district back home in Colorado appreciated what they heard and want me to keep working with the president to get things done.

"I share one of President Trump's top priorities: strong border security. We must provide the means to make our southern border wall more effective and reduce illegal immigration. Keeping drugs and crime from other countries out of ours is a matter of national security and public welfare. At the top of the Trump Administration's agenda is a safer, better America through policies that rebuild our infrastructure, protect our interests at home and abroad, and boost the everyday American.

"Under the leadership of President Trump, the American economy is booming. We've seen more jobs created and brought back more companies from overseas than ever before. Last Friday, the January jobs report confirmed what we already knew. The policies of the Trump administration, from historic tax reform and reduced red tape, are freeing entrepreneurs to do what they do best: innovate, compete, and create products and services for Americans and the world. They also create jobs. Employers have have created more jobs for one hundred straight months, breaking records and, more importantly, helping American families. This is no accident: The American people put President Trump in office to get our economy back on track. Under the Obama Administration, small businesses and middle-class families suffered. Under the Trump Administration, small businesses and middle-class families received tax cuts. We are rebuilding after years of neglect. America is on the way up.

"As we reflect on the first two years of the Trump presidency, I'm excited for everything we've accomplished and hopeful for what's to come. I will continue to fight for our country alongside President Trump."    

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Boulder: "The State of the Union offers us the opportunity for Congress and the Administration to put partisanship aside and find common ground. There are places that Democrats and Republicans agree, including lowering prescription drug prices and rebuilding our national infrastructure. Unfortunately, instead of highlighting places where we can work together, the President returned to his campaign rhetoric of denigrating immigrants, pushing false narratives, and painting the world in stark and grim terms.

"By dismissing the important role of Congressional oversight, the President again fails to understand our system of checks and balances. By continuing to outline reckless foreign policy, the President directly contradicts the advice he has received from his own military and diplomatic experts. By ordering almost 4,000 more troops to the border to greet caravans that never arrive, the President politicizes our military.

"My guest this evening, Elias, is a DACA recipient from my district. Elias has worked to attend Colorado State University and is earning degrees in both chemical and biological engineering, and biomedical engineering. Elias’ final call before we walked to the Capitol this evening was to his parents. They provided him with the love, education and foundation to become the American dream, and encouraged him to come to Washington tonight. Elias, his family and his path to success bear no resemblance to what President Trump said about immigrants tonight.

"I can attest that as a member of Democratic House Leadership, the House Democratic Caucus remains focused on delivering on the promises we made to the American people to make healthcare more affordable, to respect our immigrants and the diversity of our nation, to always protect a woman’s right to choose, and to take decisive action in solving the existential threat of climate change—the defining issue of our time.”    

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock: “The American people deserve investment in our country’s crumbling infrastructure to improve our communities and create good paying jobs. We heard only a token mention of it tonight. The American people deserve real solutions and focus on reversing decades of wage stagnation so their work is justly compensated. We heard the focus would be on more disastrous trade wars. The American people deserve real actions to address the very real effects of climate change. We heard no mention of it tonight. The American people deserve continued progress on criminal justice reform. We heard a President claiming credit for reforms that would have and should have passed long ago. The American people deserve an immigration policy that honors people as human beings. We heard more of the same tired, fictitious and rejected arguments that stoke fear and prejudice to sell his desire for a medieval wall.

“This President promised unity. The American people deserve unity, but that’s not what we heard tonight.”

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada (via Twitter): "Job #1 is to fully fund the government & prevent another needless, harmful government shutdown. Congress is working right now to agree on a bipartisan funding package to provide certainty for federal agencies & make smart, bipartisan investments in border security. ...

"We should be able to find bipartisan agreement on several issues including infrastructure, workforce development & lowering the costs of healthcare. I know are ready to roll up their sleeves and tackle these issues. Let’s get to work."

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