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Congressman Brian Higgins Responds to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Feb 5, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) provided the following reaction to President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

“The past few years have been mired by a haphazard agenda driven by hurtful rhetoric and policies that divide America.  Tonight President Trump is calling for unity.  It is time he lead by example. 

“America’s challenges are not Democrat or Republican; they belong to all of us collectively. We all benefit from a focused, inclusive and collaborative approach to building a stronger America. 

“We can build a stronger nation by building roads and bridges through a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure; by building healthier communities through investments in medical research, access to affordable health care and protection of clean water; and by building opportunity through quality education for our young people, good jobs for an evolving workforce and security for our seniors in their retirement years.   

“Border security decisions should be led by facts not fueled by fear.  The issues are complicated not crisis-driven. 

“Greatness isn’t something that is chosen by one’s whims. It is something developed through demonstration of America’s leadership in the world, of the freedoms we uphold and the compassion we extend to those who struggle.  America is great; we have known this since its creation.  Recognizing the history and struggles that have contributed our greatness and the role each of us must play as leaders and neighbors in upholding these standards is what will continue to make America great again and again.” 

Congressman Brian Higgins is a member of the House Budget Committee and the Committee on Ways and Means including its subcommittees on Health, Social Security and Trade.  Higgins serves as Chair of the House Cancer Caucus and Chair of the Canada-US Interparliamentary Group.  Higgins’ Western New York district includes portions of Erie and Niagara Counties and borders Canada.