Spanberger Statement Following State of the Union Address
Washington, February 5, 2019
Tags: Good Governance
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today issued the following statement after the State of the Union.
“Across the country, Americans have witnessed the detrimental effects of hyper-partisanship. For Central Virginians, this brand of politics has not contributed in any meaningful way to lowering healthcare costs, increasing economic opportunity, or supporting the next generation of workers. Instead, it has fostered distrust in our system of government—and the record-long government shutdown was a testament to Washington’s ineptitude. The people of Virginia’s 7th District just want us to do our jobs.
“Tonight, President Trump advocated for increased bipartisanship—and I hope he intends to follow through on this commitment with concrete actions. In his speech, the President spoke about the need to pursue a bold, bipartisan infrastructure package. I agree that we must promote job growth and economic development by investing in infrastructure in Central Virginia and across the country. Last week, I called on House leadership to prioritize infrastructure improvements, so we can repair roads and bridges, strengthen broadband internet access, and modernize transportation networks.
“The President also rightfully discussed the staggering costs of prescription drugs. We need to work together to reduce prices, because working families, the elderly, and the disabled should never have to choose between remaining healthy and putting food on the table. While I agree with this priority, we must also protect reliable healthcare coverage for millions of Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions.
“President Trump also addressed our national security priorities. As a former CIA case officer, I will continue to support a robust national security strategy, and we need to make sure this strategy includes working with our allies to promote global stability. By championing strong global partnerships, we can continue to keep our communities safe. And as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I will continue to stress the vital work of the diplomatic and intelligence communities, because I am concerned about the President’s continued criticism of these dedicated public servants.
“As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I wanted to hear more from the President about his priorities for our rural communities. In his speech, the President did discuss ongoing trade negotiations between the United States and China. However, in Central Virginia, I have heard from many farmers about the negative effects of the ongoing trade war. As we approach planting season, farmers desperately need certainty, and I hope the administration will help provide the necessary assistance to sustain farm families.
“We need to focus on substantive, evidence-based policy—not just rhetoric. During my first month in Congress, I’ve participated in bipartisan discussions on issues as vital as the security of our borders and ports of entry, including at the White House. This commitment to bipartisan engagement includes pushing to prevent another senseless government shutdown. I support discussions about strengthening our security, but we can do so without shuttering the government and subjecting the federal workforce to additional pain.
“We are indeed stronger as a country when Congress and the President work together to move us forward, and our challenges are simply too large to sit idle in our corners. We must demonstrate a willingness to collaborate and compromise as we serve the people we were elected to represent.”