2017-03-08 / Political Page

Crowley Responds To Trump’s Joint Address

House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D–NY) released the following statement Wednesday, after President Trump outlined his agenda that Crowley said “fails to lift up hardworking American families and strengthened Republicans’ resolve to dismantle health care for millions of families.”

“President Trump’s joint address this evening was more of the same. It was filled with proposals that will leave our country less secure and without the right investments in hardworking American families. The president’s speech doubled down on many of the worst actions his administration has taken during its first 40 days in office, including reinforcing the White House’s support of an unconstitutional Muslim Ban and Republicans’ desire to see individuals deprived of affordable health care options.

“While it was encouraging to see President Trump finally condemn threats against Jewish community centers, and the horrific shooting in Kansas, these platitudes are not enough. The president cannot just speak against horrible acts and threats of violence; his actions must follow. Even as President Trump paid lip service to tolerance, his White House is preparing to sign another executive order that threatens to tear families apart. Americans want to see comprehensive reform that fixes our broken immigration system, not unwarranted raids and deportations.

“It became clear after listening to President Trump that his actions do not match his words. Democrats want to find smart solutions that will make our country better for all, but until the White House’s actions match the many empty promises President Trump has made, there will be few opportunities for us to find common ground with President Trump.”

REACTION TO PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS: US Rep. Grace Meng (D–Queens) issued the following statement on President Trump’s first address to a Joint session of Congress on March 1st:

“I was disheartened to hear about President Trump’s priorities for the upcoming year. His first month has been tumultuous at best, from the chaotic implementation of his disgraceful travel ban to the resignation of his National Security Advisor, to his self-inflicted war with the media.

“Tonight he spoke of tax reform that would mainly help wealthy corporations, not working men and women. His continued push for a border wall will not fix our broken immigration system. He talked about supporting law enforcement and victims of crime but won’t support gun safety legislation. His insistence on a repeal and replace of Obamacare that would expand choice and lower costs is not realistic. Congressional Republicans have not offered any replacement plans that would meet those criteria.

“I agree with President Trump that we must do more to find solutions to problems such as infrastructure investment, affordable childcare, paid family leave and helping our veterans. I hope Congress and the administration can work together on these and other important issues. I truly hope that the president will follow through on his pledge to find common ground, advance the common good, and work to make the future brighter for our children. I hope this will be a turning point for the administration—the American people deserve serious leadership.”

MALONEY CONDEMNS WAVE OF JCC BOMB THREATS, VANDALISM AT JEWISH CEMETERIES: Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement the day after news broke of bomb threats made against Jewish community centers across 11 states, including New York, on February 27th, and after yet another incident of toppled and vandalized headstones in a Jewish cemetery:

“I am deeply disturbed by this wave of anti-Semitic actions in our country and repeat my call that the Department of Justice not only examine the recent bomb threats at Jewish community centers nationwide, but also address the recent vandalism at two different Jewish cemeteries and the overall uptick in anti-Semitic crime across our country.

“Our diversity is our nation’s strength – we are not a nation of hatred and cannot stand for these terrible actions motivated by such biases. These threats made against innocent children who attend school and extra-curricular activities at JCCs nationwide are beyond unacceptable, and the vandalism of cemeteries, of individuals’ final resting places, is simply horrifying. I hope the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.”

JOINT STATEMENT ON POSSIBLE HATE CRIME IN ASTORIA: A joint statement was released by Congress Member Joseph Crowley, Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, and Council Member Costa Constantinides addressing a possible hate crime in Astoria.

“This despicable attack has no place in our city – or anywhere. Now more than ever, we must stand united for tolerance and respect. All New Yorkers, including our immigrant communities, deserve the opportunity to walk our streets safely and without being viciously harassed or assaulted because of the way they look. Our nation was founded by immigrants and they continue to be an integral part of the American fabric. As hate crimes have risen over the past year, we reaffirm our belief in justice and cooperation, and stand united with our community against hate and bigotry. We thank the NYPD for their thorough investigation of this heinous act.”

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