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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott Statement on President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

February 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress:

“President Trump’s plans to cut taxes and increase defense spending violate fundamental principles of arithmetic. While his proposal for increased defense spending and eliminating the sequester for the Department of Defense would certainly benefit parts of the Hampton Roads economy, the draconian spending cuts required to offset these increases would negatively impact thousands of hard working Virginia families and disrupt other areas of our region’s economy.  And his tax plan would largely benefit the wealthiest Americans and explode our deficit.

“Furthermore, the President’s continued call to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act only jeopardizes health care for millions of Americans.  Tonight, the President again promised that he wants to expand choice, increase access, and lower costs.  Unfortunately, to this date, the President and Congressional Republicans have not proposed any legislation that would protect the 20 million Americans who gained insurance coverage through the ACA or the estimated 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions who now enjoy critical consumer protections.

“I had hoped that in his first address to a joint session of Congress the President would have provided more concrete details about his vision for our country.  Instead we heard more empty rhetoric with very little specifics.”

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