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Following the address, Senator Murray slammed President Trump’s continued efforts to divide the nation and urged him to work with Congress to prevent another partial government shutdown, pass policies that help workers, women, families, veterans, and more

Senator Murray welcomed air traffic controller Alex Navarro, a Washington state resident who worked without pay through the Trump Shutdown, as her guest to tonight’s State of the Union address – MORE HERE

Senator Murray on President Trump’s address: “What the vast majority of people want is for President Trump to finally realize that he is the President of the United States, not the president of his extreme right wing base. They want President Trump to stop holding our government hostage and pushing us from one crisis to the next”

Senator Murray: “I am going to keep fighting to get us back on track and I am hopeful that enough Republicans will join me to make some progress in spite of the divisive and detrimental rhetoric we all heard tonight”

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

“Coming so soon after his completely unnecessary government shutdown I had hoped that President Trump would use this speech to lay out a vision for pulling our country back together, ending the chaos and dysfunction, and making some progress for the people we were elected to serve. But here is what we heard instead: more divisiveness, more partisanship, more finger-pointing, more fear-mongering, and more empty promises.

“Families in Washington state and across the country are sick of the Trump Presidency reality show. People don’t want more Trump shutdowns or needless drama. They don’t want more empty rhetoric or broken promises. They don’t want to pay for a wasteful border wall, especially one that they were promised Mexico would pay for. They don’t want to hear President Trump talk about reducing health care costs while his actions are making care more expensive. They don’t want to hear him politicize women’s health care and take away their rights. They don’t want to hear him talk about helping workers while his policies have weakened workers’ rights and handed more tax breaks to the richest families and corporations. But President Trump isn’t listening to the vast majority of families across the country, and unfortunately, tonight that was clearer than ever.

“What the vast majority of people want is for President Trump to finally realize that he is the President of the United States, not the president of his extreme right wing base. They want President Trump to stop holding our government hostage and pushing us from one crisis to the next. They want him to clean out the corruption and incompetence in his own Administration, and stop putting lobbyists and special interests in charge of critically important agencies. And they want him to finally, finally work with Democrats on policies that would actually help workers, women, families, seniors, veterans, and the middle class.

“The speech we heard tonight was a big step in the wrong direction, but I am going to keep fighting to get us back on track and I am hopeful that enough Republicans will join me to make some progress in spite of the divisive and detrimental rhetoric we all heard tonight.”

More on Senator Murray’s Guest:

Shining a light on President Trump’s recent decision to shut down the federal government, Senator Murray was honored to welcome Alex Navarro, an air traffic controller from Washington state, as her guest to the State of the Union. Senator Murray met Alex during the shutdown at a visit to Sea-Tac Airport, where he shared how his family was seeing the impacts of the shutdown firsthand. Alex is married to a fellow air traffic controller who was also working during the shutdown without pay, and they have two children.