DETROIT (FOX 2) - Michigan lawmakers are responding to the 2019 State of the Union, delivered by President Donald Trump in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives.
President Donald Trump, in concluding his State of the Union address, is urging Americans to "choose greatness."
Trump finished his 82-minute speech on an optimistic note, suggesting that "our biggest victories are still to come" and that "we have not yet begun to dream." And he urged the nation to not be "defined by our differences."
But despite Trump's call for unity, much of his speech echoed his usual partisan talking points and the reaction to his address varied wildly among Democrats and Republicans.
Following the President's speech, Michigan lawmakers began releasing statements on his remarks:
Some, including Senator Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, echo Trump's call for unity:
“Moving forward, I hope that Democrats and Republicans will work together on several critical issues: growing our economy in a way that helps Michigan workers and families, repairing and modernizing our crumbling infrastructure, and securing our nation’s Northern and Southern borders in the most efficient and cost-effective way. I’m also committed to helping close the skills gap, a challenge I hear about constantly from businesses across Michigan. That’s why I brought incoming Grand Valley State University President, Dr. Philomena Mantella, who will continue efforts that are so important at our universities to prepare students to succeed in today’s workforce.”
I am deeply concerned about the direction of our country reflected in the President’s #SOTU. We need to come together and find bipartisan solutions on issues important to Michigan like fixing our nation’s infrastructure, lowering the cost of health care & keeping jobs in the U.S.— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) February 6, 2019
Representative Andy Levin, a two-time cancer survivor, criticized the President's choice to have a child cancer survivor in attendance after he's tried to cut funding to the NIH:
It feels sickening to sit here — as a two-time cancer survivor — and listen to a man who has repeatedly proposed cutting the National Institutes of Health budget use the story of a child cancer survivor for applause. What has he done to speed cancer research? Nothing!— Rep. Andy Levin (@RepAndyLevin) February 6, 2019
.@realDonaldTrump brags about more women in the workforce, but we STILL don’t have equal pay for equal work!— Brenda Lawrence (@RepLawrence) February 6, 2019
This story will be udpated as more statements come in from from lawmakers in Washington.