U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., responded late Tuesday to President Trump’s State of the Union Address.
Visclosky’s statement: “As Congress met in a joint session, I am reminded that there is an extraordinary amount of uncompleted work that is currently pending before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. I am concerned that 122 days into Fiscal Year 2018, Congress has not completed our work on any one of the 12 appropriation bills needed to operate the government on a daily basis. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue to press my colleagues to complete this work that is necessary to create jobs, provide for the health and safety of our citizens, and support our national defense. I will also continue to press the administration to fulfill its commitment to enforce our trade laws in order to maintain a strong and vital steel industry and manufacturing base in the United States.”
Donnelly’s statement: “I'm pleased that President Trump spoke about continuing the economic growth that our country has enjoyed for the last several years, but we have more work to do to ensure every Hoosier who wants a job has one, to prevent the outsourcing of American jobs, and to realign our trade policies to benefit hardworking men and women across our country. There are a lot of pressing challenges facing our country, and I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to: address the opioid epidemic, which is in desperate need of a more robust federal response; repair and upgrade our nation's infrastructure; and implement a comprehensive strategy to effectively counter the dangerous threat posed by North Korea.”