Colorado governor and lawmakers react to State of the Union address

WASHINGTON (KKTV) - Following the State of the Union address delivered by President Donald Trump Tuesday night, Colorado lawmakers released statements providing their take on the speech.


U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s first State of the Union address:

“Only this President could make a call for unity sound so divisive. He continues to promise results for Coloradans but delivers partisan soundbites and ideology. I want nothing more than to move forward to pass comprehensive immigration reform, lower drug prices, combat the opioid crisis, and make investments in infrastructure. The President’s tone and lack of results make it difficult to believe his speech is anything more than hollow rhetoric. Instead of calling on Americans to join his dark, backward-looking vision for our country, President Trump should draw on our strengths and inspire us all to succeed.”

U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) released the following statement:

"Tonight America heard from President Trump about his vision for a better union. I stand with my colleagues in the House to join him in achieving our common goals. Already we've eliminated the previous administration's overly burdensome regulations, passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, created jobs, and empowered all Americans.

Last week in the district I heard from many who share the president's enthusiasm in all we've accomplished and share a common excitement for what's ahead. Our community is benefiting from an economy boosted by tax reform. We've seen bonuses, increased savings, and more. President Trump accomplished many things in his first year in office. He's always supported fair trade initiatives and held to an 'America first' standard. As he said, "the era of economic surrender is over." We will continue to put the American worker first and do what's best for our economy, first and foremost. Our military has Congress and the president's pledge to provide them with what they need to protect our country. We will rebuild our military and make it capable to take on any threat. Our men and women in uniform deserve this. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans I understand a solid infrastructure plan is extremely important - not only for the western United States that I represent, but for our entire nation. Highways and bridges throughout the nation urgently need updating and essential transportation functions are crumbling. I fully support the President's plan to restore and improve the nation's infrastructure.

I also appreciate President Trump's outline for immigration reform as part of the conversation about strengthening our borders - something I've always supported. Our current immigration system jeopardizes America's national security and public safety. I look forward to working with Congress to work on the safest, most efficient system. Congress will heed the president's call to continue accomplishing great things for America. We must work together - across party lines -- to accomplish even more in 2018. I'm honored to represent and serve the Fifth Congressional District at home and in Washington, D.C."

Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement:

“We have been working in Colorado on funding for infrastructure improvements for several years, and trying to contain the opioid epidemic for most of seven years. We also have proposed bills for drug pricing transparency, which might actually lead to less expensive prescription drugs. If the president is sincere in supporting these goals, and truly supports criminal justice reform, and job retraining, we can work together. Even comprehensive immigration reform could be possible. We hope it's not just talk.”