Statement from Congressman Denny Heck before the 2019 State of the Union Address
Washington, D.C., February 5, 2019 – On the day President Trump is expected to address Members of Congress in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) released the following statement:
“First and foremost, I want the President to express his openness to a long-term bipartisan strategy to keep the federal government open. Our union cannot be strong when families are denied timely paychecks for a hard day’s work.
“The President would also be smart to address the state of our nation’s infrastructure. If we want to end this cycle of slow economic growth, we have to provide forward-looking federal investments in our roads, ports, bridges, stormwater systems and utilities.
“The health of each and every American is also important to our country’s success. The President should provide a plan for how we can stabilize the health insurance marketplace and lower prescription drug costs, so that Americans of every age can afford good quality health care.
“We also cannot make progress together if the President does not acknowledge the threat that Russia poses to Western democracies, including our own. We need to be prepared and committed to effectively combat Russian aggression through strict sanctions and with strong cybersecurity operations and investments.”
Heck’s guest to the State of the Union will be a constituent from the district who is the spouse of a federal worker furloughed during the partial government shutdown.
Heck serves on both the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Financial Services Committee.