The response of local lawmakers to President Donald J. Trump's maiden State of the Union speech on January 30 is already pouring in. Most of them were scathing towards the points the President made. Tammy Duckworth, Senator elected on a Democratic ticket from Illinois, said that he hopes that the President will remember the many promises he made to the electorate prior to the presidential elections. She continued on to say that Trump should exhibit the leadership required to unify this great nation.
Rebuilding vital infrastructure
Senator Duckworth said that she hopes the President will unveil an excellent infrastructure plan which makes the investments desperately required to reconstruct the country's crumbling roads, bridges, and tunnels a reality. She hopes that that Trump administration will take on a plan to rebuild the rural communities which were left behind. Another one of her wishes- the President should propose a bipartisan proposal that will negate the deportation threat innumerable dreamers suffer solely due to his policies.
Duckworth pointed out that the President's reckless rhetoric divides more than it unites. His actions have brought uncountable diplomatic crises. It also pushed the US into a nuclear confrontation with North Korea. The Democrat said that the President has not proposed any kind of infrastructure plan. He has concentrated solely on the public-private partnerships. The latter will only lead to newer taxes and tolls on the middle-class Americans. It would be much less than what is actually needed.
Not all responses to President Trump's speech were critical. The response of Dick Durbin, the Democrat from Illinois, and the Democratic Whip in the US Senate said that if President Trump follows what he mentioned in his State of the Union speech, the Democratic Party will support him in those endeavors. Both parties can concentrate on reducing the prescription drug prices and making large new investments in bridges and roads which are in poor condition. They could pass meaningful legislation relating to paid family leaves. Dreamers can also be protected.
The Republican response was as expected an effusive one. Blaine Luetkemeyer, a Republican US Representative elected from Missouri, said that President Trump has touched the nerve of people when he touched upon job opportunities and keeping the family safe. He has pledged to reform taxes and thus contributed to pay raises and better benefits. The President has also stressed on large investments and more opportunities for communities spread across America.