Members of the Illinois congressional delegation and others weighed in with their reviews after President Donald J. Trump addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday night:
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.:
“Tonight, we heard from a president who wants to put the interests of the American people first and one who is willing to reach across the aisle to accomplish that goal. President Trump spoke about bipartisan issues like investing in infrastructure, affordable childcare, simplifying our tax code, and honoring those who keep our nation safe, including our men and women in blue, military members, and veterans. These are areas where lawmakers should be able to find agreement, but we need partners in the House and the Senate who are willing to look past the next election and work with us to tackle the big issues. The American people deserve it. I stand ready and willing to work with anyone on these issues and others important to my district.”
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.:
“Since taking office President Trump’s record has been divisive and disheartening, but I remained hopeful that he would view tonight as an opportunity to present the American people with a more positive and inclusive message to move us forward as a nation. Despite initial indications, vague platitudes about a bipartisan infrastructure plan and promises to rein in unfair trade practices, the President’s remarks tonight were anything but unifying. He largely doubled down on the dark and dangerous rhetoric that has become a pillar of his fledgling Presidency, including his misguided Muslim travel ban and deeply flawed understanding of the causes of gun violence in Chicago and across the country. Tonight was an opportunity for the President to make good on his promises to the American people, to back up his rhetoric with action. He did neither, and his broken promises are beginning to add up.”
U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.:
“Tonight, President Trump continued to make big promises but didn’t offer any real plans to achieve them. He has yet to propose a concrete strategy to create jobs in America, which jeopardizes the historic job growth of the past eight years. The policies he has put forward have already had tragic human costs—tearing families apart and threatening to cripple America’s workforce by designating millions as priorities for deportation. His ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries plays right into the hands of our enemies and makes America less safe. The President’s crusade to repeal health care would throw tens of millions of people off the insurance rolls, plunge markets into chaos, and blow a massive hole in the deficit—an idea that loses more and more public support by the day.
“He again called out the terrible gun violence in the city of Chicago without offering a single solution to help stop it. And he made no mention of Russia’s acts of cyberwar against our democracy that helped deliver him into office—that is telling as the evidence mounts and the need for an independent investigation grows more urgent.
“President Trump’s priorities are out of line with the working families he claims to support — I will continue to work every day to ensure their voices are heard.”
The National Retail Federation Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French:
“Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting 42 million jobs in this country. We believe the administration and Congress have a great opportunity to advance policies that help the industry and this country continue to flourish. We are encouraged by the president’s commitment to rebuild and revitalize our infrastructure, reform our health-care system and finally move on comprehensive tax reform.”
— From the Illinois Business Journal