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In Advance of President Trump’s First State of the Union Address, Congressman Higgins Challenges Congress to Build Bridges, Not Walls

Jan 30, 2018
Press Release

At 9pm tonight, January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump will provide his first State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress.  Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) made the following remarks in advance of the speech. 

“Mr. Speaker, 2017 was a year marked by division and distraction, a disservice to Americans seeking solutions to real challenges facing our nation.  My hope is that the new year provides an opportunity to move away from divisive discourse and toward constructive dialogue and real outcomes.        

“This year we can take real steps to strengthen Medicare and Social Security, as well as ensuring access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

“This year we can promote job growth and success for all Americans by making smart, targeted investments in education and scientific research, as well as preparing our workforce for the 21st century.

“This year we can commit ourselves to building a foundation for a stronger America by making investments in our nation’s roads, waterways, infrastructure, and communities.

“Mr. Speaker, as we consider the State of the Union, this Congress has two choices: build walls or build bridges. Bridges lead to better healthcare, to better jobs, to a better economy, to make America great again, and again, and again.”