Statements from the Democratic NY Governor and Republican Congressman
Statement from NY Governor Kathy Hochul:
“The State of the Union is strong, thanks to the leadership of President Biden and the hard work of New Yorkers in Congress like Leader Schumer and Leader Jeffries.
“In his address to the nation, President Biden highlighted significant achievements that are making a difference in the lives of all Americans – including New Yorkers: the Inflation Reduction Act is creating green jobs while fighting the climate crisis, the CHIPS and Science Act is attracting growing, innovative companies like Micron, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping once-in-a-generation projects like Gateway to move forward.
“There is more work to do in order to make New York and the nation more affordable, more livable and safer. I commend President Biden for highlighting efforts to combat the gun violence crisis, and I look forward to working together with our federal partners to keep New Yorkers safe. President Biden’s focus on the affordability of child care and housing is crucial, as these are significant costs driving affordability issues. The President’s Unity Agenda – including the Cancer Moonshot, and access for mental health care and actions to combat the opioid epidemic – is a bold platform in lockstep with our priorities in New York.
“President Biden is right: America’s best days are ahead of us. With hard work, collaboration and smart investments, we can make the New York dream a reality for all.”
Congressman Nick Langworthy, from the 23rd Congressional District representing much of Western New York:
“President Biden had the opportunity to speak truthfully to the American people tonight and chart a new course for our nation, but all we heard was the same hollow rhetoric of the last two years. Our nation is hurting–people are struggling to make ends meet under crushing food and energy costs, lawlessness is gripping our cities and communities are being destroyed by the scourge of fentanyl pouring through our open borders.
Our weak and feckless foreign policy has had devastating impacts on the world stage. Just days ago, China broke international law by violating our air space and the President didn’t even devote a single sentence to this act of aggression in his 72-minute speech.
Americans feel that their government is too big and too detached to be accountable to the taxpayers who fund it. They aren’t wrong. I was disappointed the President took the opportunity in his speech to knowingly promote lies about Republican positions but I hope he’s serious about working with the House Majority because that is what the country is demanding. We will keep working to deliver on our Commitment to America agenda to make our country safe, strong, prosperous and free.”