Butterfield Reacts to President Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

Feb 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) issued the following statement following President Trump’s address this evening to a Joint Session of Congress:

“During tonight’s address to the nation, President Trump promised to move us forward as a nation and bring jobs back to our country.  If the President is serious about supporting America’s working families, that is a positive step.  But action on jobs and infrastructure and a proposal to pay for this agenda remain unseen.

“By this time into President Obama’s Administration, Democrats had already enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act- saving nearly 4 million jobs and laying a new foundation for growth in America.  President Trump said he was going to be a jobs President, but we are five weeks into his presidency and he is still without a single jobs bill or accomplishment to his name.

“However, in the first month of the Trump Administration, we have seen actions that would have a negative impact on the people of North Carolina.  We have seen the President’s travel ban that undermined our nation’s values and violates our Constitution.  We have seen a blueprint for immigration laws that target vulnerable populations and instill fear in our community.  We have seen a tax reform plan that gives the wealthiest Americans a tax break on the backs of middle class families.  And we have seen an attack on affordable health care, from the Affordable Care Act to Medicare and Medicaid.”

“Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again, but based on his actions he does not appear to want to make it great for everyone, everywhere.”