Kaptur Statement on the State of the Union Address

February 4, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Trump has not kept his promises to the working people of this country,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Under the Trump Presidency, healthcare costs have skyrocketed, workers and farmers have been hurt because of his disastrous trade wars, and corporations are once again free to pollute our Great Lakes and rivers with impunity. This year’s job growth in Ohio was the lowest in ten years, at only 0.4%, the first time since the recession of the early 2000’s that Ohio faced a potential net job loss.”


“President Trump has waged war on affordable health care, hurting our families and medical facilities and threatening to kick millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions off their health insurance. Just last week, the Trump Administration announced a radical proposal undermining the delivery of care for more than 71 million people currently on Medicaid and its affiliate the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If President Trump truly cares about expanding access to high-quality, affordable healthcare in this country including individuals with pre-existing conditions, as he says he does, he should end his lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act and instead work with us to pass H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act.


“Working people in Northern Ohio deserve action and results, not lip service, from their President. We live in a country whose private and public sectors too often serve the rich and powerful – not the average person, not the worker, not the farmer, certainly not the people of Northern Ohio or communities like it – unfortunately, President Trump’s State of the Union address this evening is a reminder that the promises he makes to working communities like ours are often hollow.”