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Congressman Price Issues Statement on Hollow and Divisive State of the Union Address

February 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, February 5, Congressman David Price (D-NC), a conferee on the bipartisan, bicameral Conference Committee on Homeland Security and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the statement below following the President’s State of the Union address. Kenneth Krebs, a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) facility in Research Triangle Park (RTP) and the Vice President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3347 attended the State of the Union Address with Congressman Price after being furloughed due to the Trump Shutdown.

“In tonight’s State of the Union address, the nation heard President Trump, once again, deliver a hollow pledge for unity while employing lies, fear, and division to manufacture a political crisis.  As we have repeatedly and unfortunately learned over the last two years, the President’s scripted remarks are often followed by unhinged twitter rants and a discriminatory agenda that undermines our collective values and further divides our nation.

“The 35-day Trump Shutdown showed us that the President is willing to use federal workers—including my guest for tonight’s address—as pawns in his political game.  After baseless demands, tantrums, and desperate pleas, the shutdown ended with no real progress on border security, but left hundreds of thousands of federal employees without two paychecks.  We are now faced with a looming deadline of February 15 to fund the government and prevent another meaningless shutdown or a false emergency declaration by the President of questionable legality.  As a member of the conference committee tasked with negotiating a solution to this crisis, I remain committed to a good faith negotiation toward a border security plan that relies on smart, effective solutions, rather than bluster and political brinksmanship based around the notion of a useless wall. 

“While President Trump once again chose fear and division as his preferred path, House Democrats will continue to advance an agenda that moves our nation forward in a united way.”