2020 State of the Union Address & Democratic Response

[INAUDIBLE SPEECH] [INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS]

>> THE JOINT SESSION WILL COME TO ORDER THE CHAIR APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AS A PART OF THE HOUSE WILL ESCORT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES INTO THE CHAMBER THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MR. SOUTH CAROLINA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MR NO WORK — FROM NEW YORK, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR MCCARTHY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. SCULLY’S, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MS CHENEY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. PALMER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR SMITH, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GRADY, FROM OKLAHOM — THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA >> THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE APPOINTS THE FOLLOWING SENATORS AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PART OF THE SENATE TO ESCORT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR MCCONNELL, THE SENATOR FROM SOUTH DAKOTA, THE SENATOR FROM IOWA, MR. GRASSLEY, THE SENATOR FROM WYOMING, THE SENATOR FROM IOWA, MISS ERNST, THE SENATOR FROM MISSOURI, MR. BLUHM, THE SENATOR FROM INDIANA, MR. YOUNG, THE SENATOR FROM NEW YORK, MR SCHUMER, THE SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DURBIN, THE SENATOR FROM WISCONSIN, THE SENATOR FROM MARYLAND, THE SENATOR FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND THE SENATOR FROM DELAWARE >> THANK YOU MR. VICE PRESIDENT THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEES WILL EXIT THE CHAMBER THROUGH THE LOBBY’S DOORS [INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS]

>> MADAM SPEAKER, THE DEAN OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] [INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS] [INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS] >> MADAM SPEAKER, THE CHIEF JUSTICE AND ASSOCIATE JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT [APPLAUSE]

[INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS] [INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS] [APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] >> MADAM SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT’S CABINET [APPLAUSE]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER] [INDISTINCT CHATTER] [INDISTINCT CHATTER] >> MADAM SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] >> MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHANTING “FOUR MORE YEARS”] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THANK YOU THANK YOU VERY MUCH MADAM SPEAKER, MR. VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THE FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AND MY FELLOW CITIZENS, THREE YEARS AGO, WE LAUNCHED THE GREAT AMERICAN COME BACK TONIGHT I STAND BEFORE YOU TO SHARE THE INCREDIBLE RESULTS JOBS ARE BOOMING INCOMES ARE SOARING POVERTY IS PLUMMETING CRIME IS FALLING CONFIDENCE IS SEARCHING — IS SURGING AND OUR COUNTRY IS THRIVING AND HIGHLY RESPECTED AGAIN [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AMERICA’S ENEMIES ARE ON THE RUN AMERICA’S FORTUNES ARE ON THE RISE AMERICA’S FUTURE IS BLAZING BRIGHT THE YEARS OF ECONOMIC DECAY ARE OVER [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE DAYS OF OUR COUNTRY BEING USED, TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF, AND EVEN SCORNED BY OTHER NATIONS ARE LONG BEHIND US [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: GONE TOO ARE THE BROKEN PROMISES, JOBLESS RECOVERIES, TIRED PLATITUDES,

AND CONSTANT EXCUSES FOR THE DEPLETION OF AMERICAN WEALTH, POWER, AND PRESTIGE IN JUST THREE SHORT YEARS, WE HAVE SHATTERED THE MENTALITY OF AMERICAN DECLINE AND WE HAVE REJECTED THE DOWNSIZING OF AMERICA’S DESTINY WE HAVE TOTALLY REJECTED THE DOWNSIZING WE ARE MOVING FORWARD AT A PACE THAT WAS UNIMAGINABLE JUST A SHORT TIME AGO, AND WE ARE NEVER EVER GOING BACK [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: I AM THRILLED TO REPORT TO YOU TONIGHT THAT OUR ECONOMY IS THE BEST IT HAS EVER BEEN OUR MILITARY IS COMPLETELY REBUILT, WITH ITS POWER UNMATCHED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, AND IT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE OUR BORDERS ARE SECURE, OUR FAMILIES ARE FLOURISHING, OUR VALUES ARE RENEWED, OUR PRIDE IS RESTORED AND FOR ALL OF THESE REASONS, I SAY TO THE PEOPLE OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY AND TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THE STATE OF OUR UNION IS STRONGER THAN EVER BEFORE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE VISION I WILL LAY OUT THIS EVENING DEMONSTRATES HOW WE ARE BUILDING THE WORLD’S MOST PROSPEROUS AND ENCLOSES — AN INCLUSIVE SOCIETY, ONE WHERE EVERY CITIZEN CAN JOIN IN AMERICA’S UNPARALLELED SUCCESS AND EVERY COMMUNITY CAN TAKE PART IN AMERICA’S EXTRAORDINARY RISE FROM THE INSTANT I TOOK OFFICE, I MOVED RAPIDLY TO REVIVE THE U.S. ECONOMY, SLASHING A NUMBER OF JOB KILLING-REGULATIONS, ENACTING HISTORIC AND RECORD-SETTING TAX CUTS, AND FIGHTING FOR FAIR AND RECIPROCAL TRADE AGREEMENTS [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: OUR AGENDA IS RELENTLESSLY PRO-WORKER, PRO- FAMILY, PRO-GROWTH, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, PRO-AMERICAN [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THANK YOU WE ARE ADVANCING WITH UNBRIDLED OPTIMISM AND LIFTING OUR CITIZENS OF EVERY RACE, COLOR, RELIGION AND CREED VERY HIGH SINCE MY ELECTION, WE HAVE CREATED 7 MILLION NEW JOBS, 5 MILLION MORE THAN GOVERNMENT EXPERTS PROJECTED DURING THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS THE LOWEST IN OVER HALF A CENTURY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AND VERY INCREDIBLY, THE AVERAGE UNEMPLOYMENT UNDER MY ADMINISTRATION IS LOWER THAN ANY ADMINISTRATION IN HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: IF WE HAVEN’T REVERSED THE FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, THE WORLD WOULD NOT NOW BE WITNESSING THIS GREAT ECONOMIC SUCCESS [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS, HISPANICS AMERICANS, AND ASIAN AMERICANS HAS REACHED THE LOWEST LEVELS IN HISTORY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AFRICAN-AMERICAN YOUTH

UNEMPLOYMENT HAS REACHED AN ALL-TIME LOW AFRICAN-AMERICAN POVERTY HAS DECLINED TO THE LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR WOMEN REACHED THE LOWEST LEVEL IN ALMOST 70 YEARS, AND LAST YEAR AND WOMEN FILLED — WOMEN FILLED 72% OF ALL NEW JOBS ADDED [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE VETERAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED TO A RECORD LOW [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR DISABLED AMERICANS HAS REACHED AN ALL-TIME LOW [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WORKERS WITHOUT A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA HAVE ACHIEVED THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RECORDED IN U.S. HISTORY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: A RECORD NUMBER OF YOUNG AMERICANS ARE NOW EMPLOYED [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: UNDER THE LAST ADMINISTRATION, MORE THAN 10 MILLION PEOPLE WERE ADDED TO THE FOOD STAMP ROLLS UNDER MY ADMINISTRATION, 7 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE COME OFF FOOD STAMPS AND 10 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LIFTED OFF OF WELFARE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: IN EIGHT YEARS UNDER THE LAST ADMINISTRATION, OVER 300,000 WORKING AGE PEOPLE DROPPED OUT OF THE WORKFORCE I JUSTN THREE YEARS OF MY ADMINISTRATION, 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE, WORKING AGE PEOPLE, HAVE JOINED THE WORKFORCE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: SINCE MY ELECTION, THE NET WORTH OF THE BOTTOM HALF OF WAGE EARNERS HAS INCREASED BY 47%, THREE TIMES FASTER THAN THE INCREASE FOR THE TOP 1% [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AFTER DECADES OF FLAT AND FALLING INCOMES, WAGES ARE RISING FAST, AND WONDERFULLY, THEY ARE RISING FASTEST FOR LOW INCOME WORKERS, WHO HAVE SEEN A 16% PAY INCREASE SINCE MY ELECTION [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THIS IS A BLUE-COLLAR BOOM [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: REAL MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME IS NOW AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL EVER RECORDED [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: SINCE MY ELECTION, U.S. STOCK MARKETS HAVE SOARED 70%, ADDING MORE THAN $12 TRILLION TO OUR NATION’S WEALTH, TRANSCENDING ANYTHING ANYONE BELIEVED WAS POSSIBLE THIS IS A RECORD IT IS SOMETHING EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD IS LOOKING UP TO THEY ADMIRE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: CONSUMER CONFIDENCE HAS JUST REACHED AMAZING NEW HIGHS ALL OF THOSE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, THE 401(K)S AND ENGINES ARE — AND PENSIONS ARE DOING FAR BETTER WITH INCREASES OF 60%, 80%, 100%, AND EVEN MORE JOBS AND INVESTMENTS ARE POURING INTO 9000 PREVIOUSLY NEGLECTED NEIGHBORHOODS THANKS TO

OPPORTUNITY ZONES, A PLAN SPEARHEADED BY SENATOR TIM SCOTT AS PART OF OUR REPUBLICAN TAX CUT [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: IN OTHER WORDS, WEALTHY COMPANIES ARE POURING MONEY INTO AREAS THAT HAVE NOT SEEN INVESTMENTS IN MANY DECADES, CREATING JOBS, ENERGY, AND EXCITEMENT [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THESE DESERVING COMMUNITIES HAVE SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS IT IS ALL WORKING OPPORTUNITY ZONES ARE HELPING AMERICANS LIKE ARMY VETERAN TONY RANKINS FROM CINCINNATI, OHIO AFTER STRUGGLING WITH DRUG ADDITION, TONY LOST HIS JOB, HIS HOUSE, AND HIS FAMILY HE WAS HOMELESS, BUT THEN TONY FOUND A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY THAT INVESTED IN OPPORTUNITY ZONES HE IS NOW A TOP TRADESMAN, DRUG-FREE, REUNITED WITH HIS FAMILY, AND HE IS HERE TONIGHT KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, TONY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THANK YOU, TONY OUR ROARING ECONOMY HAS, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, GIVEN MANY FORMER PRISONERS THE ABILITY TO GET A GREAT JOB AND A FRESH START THIS SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE IS MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE PASSED LANDMARK JUSTICE REFORM INTO LAW EVERYBODY SAID CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM COULDN’T BE DONE, BUT I GOT IT DONE, AND THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM GOT IT DONE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THANKS TO OUR BOLD REGULATORY REDUCTION CAMPAIGN, THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME THE NUMBER ONE PRODUCER OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS ANYWAY IN THE WORLD, BY FAR [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WITH THE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, AMERICA IS NOW ENERGY INDEPENDENT AND ENERGY JOBS LIKE SO MANY ELEMENTS OF OUR COUNTRY ARE AT A RECORD HIGH [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WE ARE DOING NUMBERS THAT NO ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT POSSIBLE JUST THREE YEARS AGO LIKEWISE, WE ARE RESTORING OUR NATION’S MANUFACTURING MIGHT, EVEN THOUGH PREDICTIONS WERE, AS YOU ALL KNOW, THAT THIS COULD NEVER BE DONE AFTER LOSING 60,000 FACTORIES UNDER THE PREVIOUS TWO ADMINISTRATIONS, AMERICA HAS NOW GAINED 12,000 NEW FACTORIES UNDER MY ADMINISTRATION WITH THOUSANDS OF THOUSANDS OF PLANTS AND FACTORIES BEING PLANNED OR BUILT [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: COMPANIES ARE NOT LEAVING, THEY ARE COMING BACK TO THE USA [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE FACT IS THAT EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE WHERE THE ACTION IS, AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS INDEED THE PLACE WHERE THE ACTION IS [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROMISES I MADE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WAS TO REPLACE THE DISASTROUS NAFTA TRADE DEAL [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: IN FACT, UNFAIR TRADE IS PERHAPS THE SINGLE BIGGEST REASON I DECIDED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT FOLLOWING NAFTA’S ADOPTION, OUR NATION LOST ONE IN FOUR MANUFACTURING JOBS MANY POLITICIANS CAME AND WENT, PLEDGING TO CHANGE OR REPLACE NAFTA, ONLY TO DO SO AND ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPENED BUT UNLIKE SO MANY WHO CAME BEFORE ME, I KEEP MY PROMISES WE DID OUR JOB

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: SIX DAYS AGO, I REPLACED NAFTA AND SIGNED THE BRAND NEW U.S.-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT INTO LAW THE USMCA WILL CREATE NEARLY 100,000 NEW HIGH-PAYING AMERICAN AUTO JONES AND MASSIVELY BOOST EXPORTS FOR OUR FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND FACTORY WORKERS [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: IT WILL ALSO BRING TRADE WITH MEXICO AND CANADA TO A MUCH HIGHER LEVEL, BUT ALSO TO A MUCH GREATER DEGREE OF FAIRNESS AND RECIPROCITY, WE WILL HAVE THAT FAIRNESS AND RECIPROCITY I SAY THAT FINALLY, BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN MANY YEARS THAT WE WERE TREATED FAIRLY ON TRADE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THIS IS THE FIRST MAJOR TRADE DEAL IN MANY YEARS TO EARN THE STRONG BACKING OF AMERICA’S LABOR UNIONS [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: I ALSO PROMISED CITIZENS I WOULD IMPOSE TARIFFS TO CONFRONT CHINA’S MASSIVE THEFT OF AMERICA’S JOBS OUR STRATEGY HAS WORKED DAYS AGO, WE SIGNED A GROUNDBREAKING NEW AGREEMENT WITH CHINA THAT WILL DEFEND OUR WORKERS, PROTECT OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, BRING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO OUR TREASURY, AND OPEN VAST NEW MARKETS FOR PRODUCTS MADE AND GROWN HERE IN THE USA [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: FOR DECADES, CHINA HAS TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE UNITED STATES NOW WE HAVE CHANGED THAT AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE THE BEST RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE EVER HAD WITH CHINA, INCLUDING PRESIDENT XI THEY RESPECT WHAT WE HAVE DONE, BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY THEY COULD NEVER BELIEVE THEY WERE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH WHAT THEY WERE DOING YEAR AFTER YEAR, DECADE AFTER DECADE, WITHOUT SOMEONE IN OUR COUNTRY STEPPING UP AND SAYING THAT’S ENOUGH [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: NOW WE WANT TO REBUILD OUR COUNTRY, AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE DOING WE ARE REBUILDING OUR COUNTRY AS WE RESTORE AMERICAN LEADERSHIP THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, WE ARE ONCE AGAIN STANDING UP FOR FREEDOM IN OU HEMISPHERER [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THAT’S WHY MY ADMINISTRATION REVERSED THE FAILING POLICIES OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION ON CUBA [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WE ARE SUPPORTING THE HOPES OF CUBANS, NICARAGUANS, AND VENEZUELANS THE UNITED STATES IS LEADING A 59 NATION DIPLOMATIC COALITION AGAINST THE SOCIALIST DICTATOR OF VENEZUELA, NICOLAS MADURO [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] MADURO IS AN ILLEGITIMATE RULER, A TYRANT WHO ABUSES HIS PEOPLE BUT HIS TYRANNY WILL BE SMASHED AND BROKEN HERE THIS EVENING IS A VERY BRAVE MAN WHO CARRIES WITH HIM THE HOPES, DREAMS, AND ASPIRATIONS OF ALL VENEZUELANS JOINING US IN THE GALLERY IS THE TRUE LEGITIMATE PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA, JUAN GUAIDO [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT GREAT HONOR THANK YOU VERY MUCH PLEASE TAKE THIS MESSAGE BACK THAT ALL AMERICANS ARE UNITED WITH THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE IN THEIR RIGHTEOUS STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THANK YOU VERY MUCH SOCIALISM DESTROYS NATIONS, BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER, FREEDOM UNIFIES THE SOUL [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: TO SAFEGUARD AMERICAN LIBERTY, WE HAVE INVESTED A RECORD-BREAKING $2.2 TRILLION IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WE HAVE PURCHASED THE FINEST THINGS, MISSILES, ROCKETS — PLANES, MISSILES, ROCKETS, SHIPS, AND AL L OTHER MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND IT IS MADE RIGHT HERE IN THE U.S.A [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WE ARE ALSO GETTING OUR ALLIES, FINALLY, TO HELP PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: I HAVE RAISED CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OTHER NATO MEMBERS BY OVER $400 BILLION AND THE NUMBER OF ALLIES MEETING THE MINIMUM OBLIGATIONS HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED JUST WEEKS AGO, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMAN ESTABLISHED THE AIR FORCE MORE THAN 70 YEARS EARLIER, WE CREATED A BRAND-NEW RANGE OF THE U.S. ARMED — BRANCH OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES IT IS CALLED THE SPACE FORCE VERY IMPORTANT [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: IN THE GALLERY TONIGHT, WE HAVE A YOUNG GENTLEMAN WHAT HE WANTS SO BADLY — 13 YEARS OLD — HE IS AN EIGHTH GRADER FROM ARIZONA IAN, PLEASE STAND UP IAN HAS ALWAYS DREAMED OF GOING TO SPACE HE WAS THE FIRST IN HIS CLASS AND AMONG THE YOUNGEST AT AN AVIATION ACADEMY HE ASPIRES TO GO TO THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY, AND THEN HE HAS HIS EYE ON THE SPACE FOR’S — SPACE FORCE MOST PEOPLE LOOK UP AT SPACE, IAN SAYS I WANT TO LOOK DOWN ON THE WORLD [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: BUT SITTING BEHIND IAN TONIGHT IS HIS GREATEST HERO OF THEM ALL, CHARLES MCGEE, WHO WAS BORN IN CLEVELAND, OHIO ONE CENTURY AGO CHARLES IS ONE OF THE LAST SURVIVING TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, THE FIRST BLACK FIGHTER PILOTS, AND HE ALSO HAPPENS TO BE IAN’S GREAT-GRANDFATHER [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: INCREDIBLE STORY AFTER MORE THAN 130 COMBAT MISSIONS IN WORLD WAR II, HE CAME BACK HOME TO A COUNTRY STILL STRUGGLING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND WENT ON TO SERVE AMERICA IN KOREA AND VIETNAM ON DECEMBER 7, CHARLES CELEBRATED HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[CHEERS] PRESIDENT TRUMP: A FEW WEEKS AGO, I SIGNED A BILL PROMOTING CHARLES MCGEE TO BRIGADIER GENERAL, AND EARLIER TODAY, I PINNED THE STARS ON HIS SHOULDERS IN THE OVAL OFFICE GENERAL MCGEE, OUR NATION SALUTES YOU THANK YOU, SIR [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: FROM THE PILGRIMS TO THE FOUNDERS, FROM THE SOLDIERS AT VALLEY FORGE TO THE MARCHERS AT SELMA, AND FROM PRESIDENT LINCOLN TO THE REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING, AMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS REJECTED LIMITS ON OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE ONLY VICTORIES THAT MATTER IN WASHINGTON ARE VICTORIES THAT DELIVER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE PEOPLE ARE THE HEART OF OUR COUNTRY THEIR DREAMS ARE THE SOUL OF OUR COUNTRY AND THEIR LOVE IS WHAT POWERS AND SUSTAINS OUR COUNTRY WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT OUR JOB IS TO PUT AMERICA FIRST [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE NEXT STEP FORWARD IN BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE SOCIETY IS MAKING SURE EVERY YOUNG AMERICAN GETS A GREAT EDUCATION AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM YET FOR TOO LONG, COUNTLESS AMERICAN CHILDREN HAVE BEEN TRAPPED IN SAILING GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS TO RESCUE THESE STUDENTS, 18 STATES HAVE CREATED SCHOOL CHOICE IN THE FORM OF OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS THE PROGRAMS ARE SO POPULAR THAT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS REMAIN ON A WAITING LIST ONE OF THOSE STUDENTS IS JANIYAH DAVIS, A FOURTH GRADER FROM PHILADELPHIA [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: JANIYAH’S MOM STEPHANIE IS A SINGLE PARENT SHE WOULD DO ANYTHING TO GET HER DAUGHTER A BETTER FUTURE, BUT LAST YEAR, THAT FUTURE WAS PUT FURTHER OUT OF REACH WHEN PENNSYLVANIA’S GOVERNOR VETOED LEGISLATION TO EXPAND SCHOOL CHOICE TO 15,000 CHILDREN JANIYAH AND STEPHANIE ARE IN THE GALLERY STEPHANIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: BUT JANIYAH, I HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS FOR YOU I AM PLEASED TO INFORM YOU YOUR LONG WAIT IS OVER I CAN PROUDLY ANNOUNCED TONIGHT THAT — ANNOUNCE TONIGHT THAT A OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP IS GOING TO YOU AND YOU WILL SOON BE HEADED TO THE SCHOOL OF YOUR CHOICE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: NOW I CALL ON CONGRESS TO GIVE ONE MILLION AMERICAN CHILDREN THE SAME OPPORTUNITY JANIYAH HAS JUST RECEIVED PASS THE EDUCATION FREEDOM SCHOLARSHIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES ACT, BECAUSE NO PARENT SHOULD BE FORCED TO SEND THEIR CHILD TO A FAILING GOVERNMENT SCHOOL [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

PRESIDENT TRUMP: EVERY YOUNG PERSON SHOULD HAVE A SAFE AND SECURE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO LEARN AND TO GROW FOR THIS REASON, OUR MAGNIFICENT FIRST LADY HAS LAUNCHED THE “BE BEST” INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT A SAFE AND DRUG-FREE LIFE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION, ONLINE, IN SCHOOL, AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES THANK YOU, MELANIA, FOR YOUR LOVE AND PROFOUND CARE FOR AMERICA’S CHILDREN THANK YOU VERY MUCH [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: MY ADMINISTRATION IS DETERMINED TO GIVE OUR CITIZENS THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY NEED, REGARDLESS OF AGE OR BACKGROUND THROUGH OUR PLEDGE TO AMERICAN WORKERS, OVER 400 COMPANIES WILL PROVIDE NEW JOBS AND EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES TO ALMOST 15 MILLION AMERICANS MY BUDGET CONTAINS AN EXCITING VISION FOR OUR NATION’S HIGH SCHOOLS TONIGHT I ASK CONGRESS TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND BACK MY PLAN TO OFFER VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN EVERY SINGLE HIGH SCHOOL IN AMERICA [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: TO EXPAND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, I AM ALSO PROUD THAT WE ACHIEVED RECORD AND PERMANENT FUNDING FOR OUR NATION’S HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: A GOOD LIFE FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES ALSO REQUIRES THE MOST AFFORDABLE, INNOVATIVE, HIGH-QUALITYAND — AND HIGH-QUALITY HEALTH SYSTEM ON EARTH I MOVED QUICKLY TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVES OUR NEW PLANS ARE UP TO 60% LESS EXPENSIVE, AND BETTER [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: I HAVE ALSO MADE AN IRONCLAD PLEDGE TO AMERICAN FAMILY WE WILL ALWAYS PROTECT PATIENTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AND WE WILL ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR MEDICARE AND WE WILL ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY ALWAYS [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE AMERICAN PATIENT SHOULD NEVER BE BLINDSIDED BY MEDICAL BILLS THAT IS WHY I SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING PRICE TRANSPARENCY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: MANY EXPERTS BELIEVE THAT TRANSPARENCY, WHICH WILL GO INTO FULL EFFECT AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR, WILL BE EVEN BIGGER THAN HEALTH CARE REFORM [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: IT WILL SAVE FAMILIES MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY FOR SUBSTANTIALLY BETTER CARE, BUT AS WE WORK TO IMPROVE AMERICAN’S HEALTH CARE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO WANT TO TAKE AWAY YOUR HEALTH CARE, TAKE AWAY YOUR DOCTOR, AND ABOLISH PRIVATE INSURANCE ENTIRELY [BOOS] PRESIDENT TRUMP: 132 LAWMAKERS IN THIS ROOM HAS ENDORSED LEGISLATION TO IMPOSE A SOCIALIST TAKEOVER OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, WIPING OUT THE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS OF 180 MILLION VERY HAPPY AMERICANS [BOOS] PRESIDENT TRUMP: TO THOSE WATCHING AT HOME TONIGHT, I WANT YOU TO KNOW WE WILL NEVER LET SOCIALISM DESTROY AMERICAN HEALTHCARE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

PRESIDENT TRUMP: OVER 130 LEGISLATORS IN THIS CHAMBER HAVE ENDORSED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BANKRUPT OUR MISSION BY PROVIDING FREE TAXPAYER-FUNDED HEALTH CARE TO MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS, FORCING TAXPAYERS TO SUBSIDIZE FREE CARE FOR ANYONE IN THE WORLD WHO UNLAWFULLY CROSSES OUR BORDERS THESE PROPOSALS WOULD RAID THE MEDICARE BENEFITS OF OUR SENIORS AND THAT OUR SENIORS DEPEND ON WHILE ACTING AS A POWERFUL LURE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CALIFORNIA AND OTHER STATES THEIR SYSTEMS ARE OUT OF CONTROL, COSTING TAXPAYERS VAST AND UNAFFORDABLE AMOUNTS OF MONEY, FORCING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TO PROVIDE FREE HEALTH CARE TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SOUNDS FAIR TO YOU, STAND WITH THE RADICAL LEFT IF YOU THINK WE SHOULD DEFEND PATIENTS AND SENIORS, STAND WITH ME TO PASS LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT FREE HEALTH CARE FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THIS WILL BE A TREMENDOUS BOON TO OUR ALREADY STRONGLY GUARDED SOUTHERN BORDER, WHERE AS WE SPEAK, A LONG, TALL, AND POWERFUL WALL IS BEING BUILT [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WE HAVE NOW COMPLETED OVER 100 MILES AND HAVE OVER 500 MILES FULLY COMPLETED IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME EARLY NEXT YEAR, WE WILL HAVE SUBSTANTIALLY MORE THAN 500 MILES COMPLETED MY ADMINISTRATION IS ALSO TAKING ON THE BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES WE HAVE APPROVED A RECORD NUMBER OF AFFORDABLE GENERIC DRUGS, AND MEDICINES ARE BEING APPROVED BY THE FDA AT A FASTER CLIP THAN EVER BEFORE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AND I WAS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 51 YEARS, THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ACTUALLY WENT DOWN [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AND WORKING TOGETHER, CONGRESS CAN REDUCE DRUG PRICES SUBSTANTIALLY FROM CURRENT LEVELS I HAVE BEEN SPEAKING TO SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY OF IOWA AND OTHERS IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO GET SOMETHING ON DRUG PRICING DONE, AND DONE QUICKLY AND PROPERLY I AM CALLING FOR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT ACHIEVES THE GOAL OF DRAMATICALLY LOWERING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES GET A BILL ON MY DESK AND I WILL SIGN IT INTO LAW IMMEDIATELY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHANTING] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THIS UNYIELDING COMMITMENT — DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS DECLINED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY 30 YEARS [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AMONG THE STATES HARDEST HIT, OHIO IS DOWN 22% PENNSYLVANIA IS DOWN 18% WISCONSIN IS DOWN 10% WE WILL NOT QUIT UNTIL WE HAVE BEATEN THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC ONCE AND FOR ALL [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: PROTECTING AMERICAN’S HEALTH ALSO MEANS FIGHTING INFECTIOUS DISEASES WE ARE COORDINATING WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER ON THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN CHINA MY ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO SAFEGUARD OUR CITIZENS FROM THIS THREAT WE HAVE LAUNCHED AMBITIOUS NEW INITIATIVES TO SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVE CARE FOR AMERICANS WITH KIDNEY DISEASE, ALZHEIMER’S, AND THOSE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND BECAUSE CONGRESS WAS SO GOOD AS TO FUND MY REQUEST, NEW CURES FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER

WE WILL ERADICATE THE AIDS EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA BY THE END OF THIS DECADE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: ALMOST EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY KNOWS THE PAIN WHEN A LOVED ONE IS DIAGNOSED WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS HERE TONIGHT IS A SPECIAL MAN, BELOVED BY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, WHO JUST RECEIVED A STAGE FOUR ADVANCED CANCER DIAGNOSIS THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS, BUT WHAT IS GOOD NEWS IS THAT HE IS THE GREATEST FIGHTER AND WINNER THAT YOU WILL EVER MEET, RUSH LIMBAUGH THANK YOU FOR YOUR DECADES OF DEVOTION TO OUR COUNTRY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AND RUSH, IN RECOGNITION OF ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR OUR NATION, THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TODAY THAT YOU SPEAK TO AND THAT YOU INSPIRE, AND ALL OF THE INCREDIBLE WORK YOU HAVE DONE FOR CHARITY, I AM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE TONIGHT HE WILL BE RECEIVING OUR COUNTRY’S HIGHEST — YOU WILL BE RECEIVING OUR COUNTRY’S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR , THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: I WILL NOW ASK THE FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES TO PRESENT YOU WITH THE HONOR PLEASE [APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: RUSH, CONGRATULATIONS THANK YOU, KATHRYN AS WE PRAY FOR ALL WHO ARE SICK, WE KNOW AMERICA IS CONSTANTLY ACHIEVING NEW MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS IN 2017, DOCTORS AT ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL IN KANSAS CITY DELIVERED ONE OF THE EARLIEST PREMATURE BABIES TO EVER SURVIVE BORN AT 21 WEEKS AND SIX DAYS AND WEIGHING LESS THAN A POUND, ELLI SCHNEIDER WAS A BORN FIGHTER LITTLE ELLIE KEPT ON WINNING THE BATTLE OF LIFE TODAY, ELLIE IS A STRONG AND HEALTHY TWO-YEAR-OLD GIRL SITTING WITH HER AMAZING MOTHER ROBIN IN THE GALLERY WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE YOU WITH US TONIGHT [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

PRESIDENT TRUMP: ELLIE REMINDS US EVERY CHILD IS A MIRACLE OF LIFE THANKS TO MODERN MEDICAL WONDERS, 50% OF PREMATURE BABIES DELIVERED AT THE HOSPITAL WHERE ELLIE WAS BORN NOW SURVIVE JUST AN INCREDIBLE THING THANK YOU VERY MUCH [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: OUR GOAL SHOULD BE TO ENSURE THAT EVERY BABY HAS THE BEST CHANCE TO THRIVE AND GROW, JUST LIKE ELLIE THAT IS WHY I AM ASKING CONGRESS TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL $50 BILLION TO FUND NEONATAL RESEARCH FOR AMERICA’S YOUNGEST PATIENTS [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THAT IS WHY I AM CALLING UPON NUMBERS OF CONGRESS TONIGHT TO PASS LEGISLATION FINALLY BANNING THE LATE-TERM ABORTION OF BABIES [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WHETHER WE ARE REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, OR INDEPENDENT, SURELY WE MUST ALL AGREE THAT EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS A SACRED GIFT FROM GOD AS WE SUPPORT AMERICA’S MOMS AND DADS I WAS PROUD TO SIGN THE NEW LAW OFFERING PARENTS IN THE WORKFORCE PAID FAMILY LEAVE, SERVING AS A MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: NOW I CALL ON CONGRESS TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN ADVANCING SUPPORT FOR WORKING FAMILIES ACT, EXTENDED FAMILY LEAVE TO MOTHERS AND FATHERS ALL ACROSS OUR NATION [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: 40 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE AN AVERAGE $2200 EXTRA THANKS TO OUR CHILD TAX CREDIT [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: I’VE ALSO OVERSEEN HISTORIC FUNDING INCREASES FOR HIGH-QUALITY CHILD CARE, ENABLING 17 STATES TO HELP MORE CHILDREN, MANY OF WHICH HAVE REDUCED OR ELIMINATED THEIR WAIT LISTS ALTOGETHER I SET CONGRESS A PLAN TO EXPAND ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY CHILD CARE AND URGE YOU TO ACT IMMEDIATELY [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, DAYS AGO I ANNOUNCED THE UNITED STATES WILL JOIN THE ONE TRILLION TREES INITIATIVE, AN AMBITIOUS EFFORT TO BRING TOGETHER GOVERNMENT AND TRY THAT SECTOR TO PLANT NEW TREES IN AMERICA AND ALL AROUND THE WORLD — PRIVATE SECTOR TO PLANT NEW TREES IN AMERICA AND ALL AROUND THE WORLD [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WE MUST ALSO REVEALED AMERICA — REBUILD AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: I ASK YOU TO PASS THE HIGHWAY BILL TO INVEST IN NEW ROADS, BRIDGES, AND TUNNELS ALL ACROSS OUR LAND I AM COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT EVERY CITIZEN CAN HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH-SPEED INTERNET, INCLUDING AND ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AMERICA [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: A BETTER TOMORROW FOR ALL AMERICANS ALSO REQUIRES US TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE THAT MEANS SUPPORTING THE MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AT EVERY LEVEL, INCLUDING OUR NATION’S HEROIC I.C.E. OFFICERS [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: LAST YEAR, OUR

BRAVE I.C.E. OFFICERS ARRESTED MORE THAN 120,000 CRIMINAL ALIENS CHARGED WITH NEARLY 10,000 BURGLARIES, 5000 SEXUAL ASSAULTS, 45,000 VIOLENT ASSAULTS AND 2000 MURDERS TRAGICALLY, THERE ARE MANY CITIES IN AMERICA WHERE RADICAL POLITICIANS HAVE CHOSEN TO PROVIDE SANCTUARY FOR THESE CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS [BOOS] PRESIDENT TRUMP: IN SANCTUARY CITIES, LOCAL OFFICIALS ORDER POLICE TO RELEASE DANGEROUS CRIMINALS TO PREY UPON THE PUBLIC INSTEAD OF HANDING THEM OVER TO I.C.E. TO BE SAFELY REMOVED 29 DAYS AGO, A CRIMINAL ALIEN FREED BY THE SANCTUARY CITY OF NEW YORK WAS CHARGED WITH THE BRUTAL RATE AND MURDER OF A — RAPE AND MURDER OF A 92-YEAR-OLD WOMAN UNDER NEW YORK SANCTUARY POLICIES, HE WAS SET FREE IF THE CITY HAD HONORED I.C.E.’S DETAIN REQUEST, HIS VICTIM WOULD STILL BE ALIVE TODAY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA PASSED AN OUTRAGEOUS LAW DECLARING THEIR WHOLE STATE TO BE A SANCTUARY FOR CRIMINAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, A TERRIBLE SANCTUARY, WITH CATASTROPHIC — CATASTROPHIC RESULTS IN DECEMBER 2018, CALIFORNIA POLICE DETAINED AN ILLEGAL ALIEN WITH FIVE PRIOR ARRESTS, INCLUDING AS REQUIRED BY CALIFORNIA SANCTUARY LOOK, LOCAL AUTHORITIES RELEASED HIM DAYS LATER, THE CRIMINAL ALIEN WENT ON A GRUESOME SPREE OF DEADLY VIOLENCE HE VICIOUSLY SHOT ONE MAN GOING ABOUT HIS DAILY WORK HE APPROACHED A WOMAN SITTING IN HER CAR AND SHOT HER IN THE ARM AND CHEST HE WALKED INTO A CONVENIENCE STORE AND WILDLY FIRED HIS WEAPON HE HIJACKED A TRUCK AND SMASHED THE VEHICLE, CRITICALLY INJURING INNOCENT VICTIMS ONE OF THE VICTIMS IS IN A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE SITUATION HE LEFT BEHIND A DEVOTED FAMILY, INCLUDING HIS BROTHERS WHO LIVED IN MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD ONE OF HIS GRIEVING BROTHERS IS HERE WITH US TONIGHT PLEASE STAND, JODI? [APPLAUSE] WE WILL NOT WE ARE ALLOWING AMERICANS — WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL YOU HAVE JUSTICE TOM IS INTRODUCING LEGISLATION THAT WILL ALLOW PEOPLE LIKE JODI TO SUE THEM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD BE A SANCTUARY FOR LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS, NOT CRIMINAL ALIENS [APPLAUSE] ICE HAS ARRESTED OVER 5000 WE COULD HUMANS WRAP FIGURES I HAVE SIGNED LEGISLATION TO STAMP OUT THE MINUTES OF CUMIN TRAFFICKING DOMESTICALLY AND ALL AROUND THE GLOBE MY ADMINISTRATION HAS UNDERTAKEN AN UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT TO SECURE THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF THE UNITED STATES [APPLAUSE] BEFORE I CAME INTO OFFICE, IF YOU SHOWED UP ILLEGALLY AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER AND WERE ARRESTED, YOU WERE RELEASED AND ALLOWED INTO OUR COUNTRY, NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN MY ADMINISTRATION HAS ENDED CATCH AND RELEASE [APPLAUSE] IF YOU COME ILLEGALLY, YOU WILL NOW BE PROMPTLY REMOVED FROM OUR COUNTRY VERY IMPORTANTLY, WE ENTERED

INTO HISTORIC COOPERATION AGREEMENTS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO, HONDURAS, EL SALVADOR AND GUATEMALA AS A RESULT OF OUR UNPRECEDENTED EFFORTS, ILLEGAL CROSSINGS ARE DOWN 75 PERCENT SINCE MAY DROPPING EIGHT MONTHS IN A ROW [APPLAUSE] AS THE WALL RAPIDLY GOES UP, DRUG SEIZURES RISE AND THE BORDER CROSSINGS ARE GOING DOWN AND GOING DOWN VERY RAPIDLY LAST YEAR, I TRAVELED TO THE BORDER IN TEXAS AND MET CHIEF PATROL AGENT RAUL ORTIZ IT AGENT — AGENT ORTIZ HAVE ARRESTED MORE THAN 3000 HUMANS SMUGGLERS AND RESCUED MORE THAN 2000 MIGRANTS AGENT ORTIZ WAS PROMOTED TO DEPUTY CHIEF OF BORDER PATROL AND JOINS US TONIGHT CHIEF ORTIZ, PLEASE STAND [APPLAUSE] A GRATEFUL NATION THANKS YEAR AND ALL OF THE HEROES OF BORDER PATROL AND ICE THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO BUILD ON THESE HISTORIC GAINS, WE ARE WORKING ON LEGISLATION TO REPLACE OUR OUTDATED AND RANDOMIZED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WITH ONE BASED ON MERIT, WELCOMING THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE RULES, CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY, SUPPORT THEMSELVES FINANCIALLY AND UPHOLD OUR VALUES [APPLAUSE] WITH EVERY ACTION, MY ADMINISTRATION IS RESTORING THE RULE OF LAW AND REASSERTING THE CULTURE OF AMERICAN FREEDOM [APPLAUSE] WORKING WITH MITCH MCCONNELL — THANK YOU, MITCH [APPLAUSE] AND HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, WE HAVE RECOMMENDED 180 NEW JUDGES TO UPHOLD OUR CONSTITUTION AS WRITTEN THIS INCLUDES NEIL GORSUCH AND BRETT KAVANAUGH THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] WE HAVE MANY IN THE PIPELINE [APPLAUSE] MY ADMINISTRATION IS ALSO DEFENDING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY THAT INCLUDES THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO PRAY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS [APPLAUSE] IN AMERICA, WE DON’T PUNISH PRAYER, WE DON’T BAN SYMBOLS OF THING, WE DON’T MUZZLE PREACHERS AND PASTORS IN AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE FAITH, WE CHERISH RELIGION WE LIFT OUR VOICES IN PRAYER AND WE RAISE OUR SITES TO THE GLORY OF GOD JUST AS WE BELIEVE IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT, WE ALSO BELIEVE IN ANOTHER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT THAT IS UNDER SIEGE ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY SO LONG AS I AM PRESIDENT, I WILL ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT [APPLAUSE] IN REAFFIRMING OUR HERITAGE AS A FREE NATION, WE MUST REMEMBER THAT AMERICA HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CHRISTIAN NATION NOW WE MUST EMBRACE THE NEXT FRONTIER, AMERICA’S MANIFEST DESTINY IN THE STARS I AM ASKING CONGRESS TO FUND THIS PROGRAM TO ENSURE THAT THE NEXT MAN AND FIRST WOMAN ON THE

MOON WILL BE AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS, USING THIS AS A LAUNCHING PAD TO ENSURE THAT AMERICA IS THE FIRST NATION TO PLANT ITS FLAG ON MARS [APPLAUSE] MY ADMINISTRATION IS ALSO STRONGLY DEFENDING NATIONAL SECURITY AND COMBATING RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM [APPLAUSE] LAST WEEK, I ANNOUNCED A GROUNDBREAKING PLAN FOR PEACE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS, RECOGNIZING THAT ALL PAST ATTEMPTS HAVE FAILED WE MUST BE DETERMINED AND CREATIVE IN ORDER TO STABILIZE THE REGION AND GIVE MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE TO REALIZE A BETTER FUTURE THE BARBARIANS OF ISIS HELD OVER 20,000 SQUARE MILES OF TERRITORY IN IRAQ AND SYRIA TODAY, THE ISIS TERRITORIAL CALIPHATE HAS BEEN 100% DESTROYED AND THE FOUNDER AND LEADER OF ISIS, A BLOODTHIRSTY KILLER KNOWN AS AL-BAGHDADI IS DEAD [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WE ARE JOINED THIS EVENING BY CARL AND MARSHA MUELLER THEIR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER BECAME A HUMANITARIAN AID WORKER SHE ONCE WROTE THAT SOME PEOPLE FIND GOD IN CHURCH SOME PEOPLE FIND GOD IN NATURE, SOME PEOPLE FIND GOD IN LOVE I FIND GOD IN SUFFERING I HAVE KNOWN FOR SOME TIME WHAT MY LIFE’S WORK IS USING MY HANDS AS TOOLS TO RELIEVE SUFFERING IN 2013, WHILE CARRYING — CARING FOR THOSE SUFFERING IN SYRIA, SHE WAS KEPT AS A PRISONER BY AL-BAGHDADI HIMSELF AFTER MORE THAN 500 HORRIFYING DAYS OF CAPTIVITY, AL-BAGHDADI MURDERED YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL KAYLA SHE WAS JUST 26 YEARS OLD WHEN THE NIGHT — WHEN THIS ENDED THE MISERABLE — HIS MISERABLE LIFE, WE RECEIVED A CALL IN THE SITUATION ROOM WE WERE TOLD THAT THE BRAVE MEN OF THE ELITE SPECIAL FORCES TEAM THAT SO PERFECTLY CARRIED OUT THE OPERATION HAD GIVEN THEIR NAME TASK FORCE 814 IT WAS SPECIAL BECAUSE THAT WAS KAYLA’S BIRTHDAY THEY NEVER FORGOT KAYLA AND NEITHER WELL WE — WILL WE [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP:PRESIDENT TRUMP: EVERY DAY, AMERICA’S DEMONSTRATE THE INFINITE DEPTH OF LOVE THAT DWELLS IN HIM AND HEART ONE OF THESE AMERICAN HEROES WAS ARMY STAFF SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER — ON HIS SECOND DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ, HE WROTE A LETTER TO HIS ONE EUROS SON, GAGE — ONE-YEAR-OLD SON, GAGE I WILL HELP YOU BUILD YOUR FIRST SANDBOX, WASH YOU WRITE YOUR FIRST BIKE, I LOVE YOU — RIDE YOUR FIRST BIKE, I LOVE YOU, DADDY CHRIS WAS ON PATROL IN BAGHDAD WHEN HIS VEHICLE WAS HIT BY A ROADSIDE BOMB THAT NIGHT, HE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY THE SERGEANT NOW RESTS IN INTERNAL GLORY IN ARLINGTON AND HIS WIFE, KELLY IS IN THE GALLERY TONIGHT, JOINED BY THEIR SON WHO IS NOW A 13-YEAR-OLD AND DOING VERY WELL TO KELLY AND GAGE, CHRIS WILL LIVE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER

HE IS LOOKING DOWN ON YOU NOW THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH THE TERRORISTS RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING THE SERGEANT WAS QASEM SOLEIMANI HE PROVIDED THE DEADLY ROADSIDE BOMB THAT TOOK CHRIS’S LIFE HE WAS THE MOST RUTHLESS BUTCHER HE MURDERED THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN SERVICEMEMBERS IN IRAQ AS THE WORLD’S TOP TERRORISTS, THE ORCHESTRA TO THE DEATHS OF COUNTLESS MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN HE DIRECTED THE DECEMBER ASSAULT AND WENT ON TO ASSAULT U.S FORCES IN IRAQ, HE WAS ACTIVELY PLANNING NEW ATTACKS THE U.S. MILITARY EXECUTED A FLAWLESS PRECISION STRIKE THAT KILLED SOLEIMANI AND TERMINATED HIS EVIL REIGN OF TERROR FOREVER [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: OUR MESSAGE IS YOU WILL NEVER ESCAPE AMERICAN JUSTICE IF YOU ATTACK OUR CITIZENS, YOU FORFEIT YOUR LIFE IN RECENT MONTHS, WE HAVE SEED — SEEN PROUD IRANIANS RAISE AGAINST THE OPPRESSIVE RULERS THE IRANIAN REGIME MUST ABANDON ITS PURSUIT OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND NEEDS TO WORK FOR THE GOOD OF ITS OWN PEOPLE BECAUSE OF OUR POWERFUL SANCTIONS, THE ARMENIAN ECONOMY IS DOING VERY POORLY WE CAN HELP THEM MAKE A VERY GOOD AND SHORT RECOVERY IT CAN ALL GO QUICKLY — LET’S SEE WHICH ROAD THEY CHOOSE IT IS TOTALLY UP TO THEM [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AS WE DEFEND AMERICAN LIVES, WE ARE WORKING TO AND AMERICAN WARS IN THE MIDDLE EAST — END AMERICA’S WARS IN THE MIDDLE EAST WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS AND PEACE TALKS ARE UNDERWAY I AM NOT LOOKING TO KILL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN AFGHANISTAN, MANY OF THEM TOTALLY INNOCENT IT IS ALSO NOT OR FUNCTION TO SERVE OTHER NATIONS AS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THESE ARE WAR FIGHTERS THAT WE HAVE, THE BEST IN THE WORLD THEY EITHER WANT TO FIGHT TO WIN OR NOT FIGHT AT ALL WE ARE WORKING TO FINALLY END AMERICA’S LONGEST WAR AND BRING OUR TROOPS BACK HOME [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WAR PLACES A HEAVY BURDEN ON OUR EXTRAORDINARY MILITARY FAMILIES ESPECIALLY SPOUSES LIKE AMY WILLIAMS FROM FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA AND HER TWO CHILDREN, SIX-YEAR-OLD ELIANA AND THREE-YEAR-OLD ROLAND AMY HELPS OTHER MILITARY FAMILIES FOR THE PAST SEVEN MONTHS, HER HUSBAND HAS BEEN IN AFGHANISTAN FOR SEVEN MONTHS ON HIS FOURTH DEPLOYMENT AMY’S KIDS HAD NOT SEEN THEIR FATHER’S FACE IN MANY MONTHS YOUR SACRIFICE MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR ALL OF OUR PEOPLE TO LIVE IN SAFETY AND IN PEACE AND WE WANT TO THANK YOU THANK YOU, AMY [APPLAUSE]

PRESIDENT TRUMP: THERE IS ONE MORE THING TONIGHT, WE HAVE A VERY SPECIAL SURPRISE I AM THRILLED TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR HUSBAND IS BACK FROM DEPLOYMENT HE IS HERE WITH US TONIGHT [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: WELCOME HOME SERGEANT WILLIAMS THANK YOU VERY MUCH AS THE WORLD BEARS WITNESS TONIGHT, AMERICA IS A LAND OF HEROES THERE’S A PLACE WHERE GREATNESS IS BORN, WHERE DESTINIES ARE FORGED AND WHERE LEGENDS COME TO LIFE THIS IS THE HOME OF THOMAS EDISON AND TEDDY ROOSEVELT PERSHING, PATENT AND — PATTON AND MCARTHUR THIS IS THE HOME OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, HARRIET TUBMAN, NEIL ARMSTRONG AND SO MANY MORE THIS IS THE COUNTRY WHERE CHILDREN LEARN NAMES LIKE WYATT EARP, DAVEY CROCKETT AND ANNIE OAKLEY THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE THE PILGRIMS LANDED AT PLYMOUTH AND WHERE TEXAS PATRIOTS MADE THEIR LAST STAND AT THE ALAMO THE BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL ALAMO THE AMERICAN NATION WAS CARVED OUT OF THE VAST FRONTIER BY THE TOUGHEST, STRONGEST, FIERCEST AND MOST DETERMINED MEN AND WOMEN TO WALK ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH OUR ANCESTORS BRAVED THE UNKNOWN , SETTLED THE WILD WEST, LIFTED MILLIONS FROM POVERTY, DISEASE AND HUNGER, VANQUISHED TIERNEY AND FASCISM, ASSURED THE WORLD TO NEW HEIGHTS OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, LAID DOWN THE RAILROADS, DUG OUT THE CANALS, RAISED UP THE SKYSCRAPERS AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR ANCESTORS BUILT THE MOST PERCEPTIONAL REPUBLIC EVER TO EXIST IN HIM IN HISTORY WE ARE MAKING IT GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: THIS IS OUR GLORIOUS AND MAGNIFICENT INHERITANCE WE ARE AMERICANS, WE ARE PIONEERS, WE ARE THE PATHFINDERS, WE SETTLED THE NEW WORLD, WE BUILT THE MODERN WORLD AND WE CHANGED HISTORY FOREVER BY EMBRACING THE INTERNAL TO — CODED THAT EVERYONE IS MADE EQUAL BY THE ALMIGHTY HAND OF GOD [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: AMERICA IS THE PLACE WHERE ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AMERICA IS THE PLACE WHERE ANYONE CAN RISE

HERE, ON THIS LAND, ON THIS SOIL, ON THIS CONTINENT, THE MOST INCREDIBLE DREAMS COME TRUE THIS NATION IS OUR AND THIS COUNTRY IS OUR MASTERPIECE WE LOOK AT TOMORROW AND SEE A LIMITED FRONTIERS JUST WAITING TO BE EXPLORED OUR BRIGHTEST DISCOVERIES ARE NOT YET KNOWN OUR MOST THRILLING STORIES ARE NOT YET TOLD OUR GRANDEST JERSEYS — JOURNEYS ARE NOT YET MADE THE AMERICAN AGE, THE AMERICAN EPIC, THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN OUR SPIRIT IS STILL YOUNG THE SUN IS STILL RISING GOD’S GRACE IS STILL SHINING MY FELLOW AMERICANS, THE BEST IS YET TO COME THANK YOU THANK YOU VERY MUCH [APPLAUSE] >> GREAT SPEED GREAT SPEECH — GREAT SPEECH, GREAT SPEECH >> YOU GET BETTER EVERY YEAR, BUDDY >> YOU DID GREAT >> GREAT SPEECH >> BRILLIANT MR. PRESIDENT >> WONDERFUL >> THE JOINT SESSION OF THE TWO HOUSES NOW DISSOLVES SPEAKER PELOSI: THE HOUSE COMES TO ORDER

>> FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? >> MR. SPEAKER — I DO MOVE THAT THE HOUSE NOW EDGER IN — ADJOURN >> THOSE IN FAVOR OF ADJOURNING SAY AYE! THE AYES HAVE IT THE MOSTIO — MOTION IS AGREED TO THE HOUSE IS ADJOURNED UNTIL 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW FOR DEBATE >> THE PRESIDENT SPOKE FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND 15 MINUTES THE ECONOMY TOOK UP ABOUT A THIRD OF HIS SPEECH IN JUST ABOUT TWO MINUTES OR SO, WE WILL HEAR THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE IT IS GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WITMER OF MICHIGAN SHE WAS IN THE MICHIGAN HOUSE FOR SEVERAL YEARS ALONG WITH THE MICHIGAN SENATE AND SHE SERVED AS THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD A SENATE CAUCUS SHE WAS ELECTED IN 2018 SHE IS A FIRST-TERM GOVERNOR SHE WILL BE SPEAKING FROM EAST LANSING HIGH SCHOOL THAT IS WHERE HER CHILDREN ATTEND SCHOOL SHE WILL HAVE A LIVE AUDIENCE AS WELL HER SPEECH, HER RESPONSE IS DUE TO BE ABOUT 11 MINUTES OR SO AS SOON AS THAT COMES ON, WE WILL GO TO IT LIVE ALSO, ONLINE, YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE SPANISH LANGUAGE RESPONSE THAT WILL BE ONLINE AT C-SPAN.ORG A COUPLE OF NOTES FROM THE SPEECH, CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN TWEETED OUT THAT I JUST WALKED OUT OF THE STATE OF THE UNION I HAVE HAD ENOUGH IT IS LIKE WATCHING PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING IT IS ALL FAKE BILL PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY, TOM O’HALLORAN OF ARIZONA AND KAREN BASS OF CALIFORNIA ALSO WALKED OUT DURING THE SPEECH THE PRESIDENT SPENT ABOUT A THIRD OF HIS SPEECH ON THE ECONOMY HE ALSO DISCUSSED EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, SOCIALISM, BORDER SECURITY HE SAW THAT RUSH LIMBAUGH WAS GIVEN THE MEDAL OF FREEDOM A SCHOLARSHIP WAS GIVEN TO A YOUNG LADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND A WIFE WAS REUNITED WITH HER HUSBAND WE WILL GET YOU REACTION TO ALL OF THIS AND THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE AFTER GOVERNOR WITMER SPEAKS ALL OTHERS CAN DIAL IN AT THIS NUMBER THAT WILL BEGIN AFTER GOVERNOR WITMER YOU CAN DIAL IN IF YOU LIKE AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT THE REAL DONALD TRUMP OUTLINED THE GREAT AMERICAN COMEBACK THANKS TO HIS LEADERSHIP, HARD-WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES — HERE IS GRETCHEN WITMER GOVERNOR WITMER: GOOD EVENING, I AM HONORED THAT YOU ARE HERE AND THANKFUL YOU ARE TUNING IN TONIGHT, I AM AT MY DAUGHTER’S PUBLIC SCHOOL WE ARE HERE WITH FAMILIES, PARENTS, TEACHERS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, STUDENTS I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING I NEED A LOT MORE THAN 10 MINUTES TO RESPOND TO OTHER THE PRESIDENT JUST SAID INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT WHAT HE IS SAYING, I AM GOING TO HIGHLIGHT WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE DOING AFTER ALL, YOU CAN LISTEN TO WHAT SOMEONE SAYS BUT TO KNOW THE TRUTH, WATCH WHAT THEY DO MICHIGANDERS ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN AMERICANS ANYWAY WE LOVE OUR FAMILIES AND WE WANT A BETTER LIFE TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR OUR KIDS BLUE WE WORK HARD AND WE WANT OUR GOVERNMENT TO WORK HARD FOR US AS WELL WE STILL ROOT FOR THE DETROIT LIONS WE AND ALL AMERICANS MAY BE WEARY OF TODAY’S POLITICS BUT WE MUST STAY ENGAGED OUR FUTURE DEMANDS IT WE ARE CAPABLE OF GREAT THINGS WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER WE CANNOT FORGET THAT DESPITE THE DISHONESTY AND DIVISION OF

THE LAST FEW YEARS AND WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, TOGETHER, WE HAVE BOUNDLESS POTENTIAL ACTION, THAT IS WHAT I WANT TO FOCUS ON TONIGHT MONEY STREET WAS COVERED IN POTHOLES THEY WERE ANKLE-DEEP HE GOT TIRED OF WAITING FOR THEM TO GET FIXED HE GRABBED A SHOVEL AND A BUCKET OF DIRT AND FILLED THEM IN HIMSELF DURING MY CAMPAIGN, PEOPLE TOLD ME TO FIX THE DMAN ROA — DAMN ROADS THEY ARE DOWNRIGHT DANGEROUS CAR REPAIRS TAKE AWAY FROM RENT, CHILDCARE OR GROCERIES WE, THE DEMOCRATS ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN ILLINOIS, THE GOVERNOR PASSED A MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR PLAN TO REBUILD THE ROADS AND BRIDGES GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY IS REPLACING LEAD PIPES IN NEW JERSEY ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, DEMOCRATIC LEADERS ARE REBUILDING BRIDGES FIXING ROADS, EXPANDING BROADBAND, CLEANING UP DRINKING WATER EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY BENEFITS WHEN WE INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS HAVE PRESENTED PROPOSALS TO KEEP US MOVING FORWARD PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE ARE BLOCKING THE PATH WHEN IT COMES TO INFRASTRUCTURE, WE HAVE TRIED TO DO MORE WITH A SHOVEL AND DIRT THEN THE REPUBLICANS HAVE IN THE SENATE BULLYING PEOPLE ON TWITTER DOES NOT FIX BRIDGES, IT BURNS THEM OUR ENERGY SHOULD BE USED TO SOLVE PROBLEMS IT IS TRUE FOR HEALTH CARE FOR SO MANY AMERICANS, HEALTH CARE IS PERSONAL, NOT POLITICAL WHEN I WAS 30, I BECAME A MEMBER OF THE SANDWICH GENERATION THAT MEANS I WAS SANDWICHED BETWEEN TWO GENERATIONS OF MY OWN FAMILY FOR WHOM I WAS THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER HOLDING DOWN A NEW JOB, CARING FOR MY NEWBORN DAUGHTER AS WELL AS MY MOTHER AT THE END OF HER BRAIN CANCER BATTLE I WAS UP ALL NIGHT WITH A BABY AND DURING THE DAY, I HAD TO FIGHT MY MOTHER’S INSURANCE COMPANY WHEN THEY WRONGLY DENIED HER COVERAGE FOR CHEMOTHERAPY IT WAS HARD IT EXPOSED THE HARSH REALITIES OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND OUR CHILDCARE SYSTEM IT CHANGED ME I LOST PATIENCE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST TALK AND NO ACTION THE STATE SENATOR, I WORKED WITH A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR TO EXPAND HEALTH CARE COVERAGE TO MORE THAN 680,000 MICHIGANDERS DEMOCRATS REMAIN — FROM MAINE TO MONTANA ARE EXPANDING COVERAGE AND LOWERING COSTS WE ARE WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO BRING MEDICAID COVERAGE TO TENS OF THOUSANDS EVERY DEMOCRAT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT HAS A PLAN TO EXPAND HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS SUPPORTED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WITH COVERAGE FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS THEY MAY HAVE DIFFERENT PLANS THE GOAL IS THE SAME PRESIDENT TRUMP SADLY HAS A DIFFERENT PLAN HE IS ASKING THE COURTS TO RIP THOSE LIFE-SAVING PROTECTIONS AWAY IT IS SIMPLE, DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO MAKE YOUR HEALTH CARE BETTER REPUBLICANS IN WASHINGTON ARE TRYING TO TAKE IT AWAY THING OF BLAKE CAROL FROM IDAHO HE ORGANIZED A FUNDRAISER TO PAY FOR HIS MOTHER’S: CANCER TREATMENT EBONY MEYER FROM UTAH CELLS ARE TO HELP PAY FOR HER OWN RARE GENETIC DISORDER TREATMENT NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO CROWD SOURCE THERE HEALTH CARE NOT IN AMERICA THE REALITY IS NOT EVERYONE IN AMERICA HAS A JOB WITH HEALTH AND BENEFITS MANY HAVE JOBS THAT DON’T EVEN PAY ENOUGH TO COVER THEIR MONTHLY EXPENSES IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS ABOUT THE STAFF MARKET WHAT MATTERS IS THAT MILLION OF PEOPLE STRUGGLE TO GET BY OR DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY AT THE END OF THE MONTH TO PAY FOR TRANSPORTATION STUDENT LOANS OR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS EITHER — PAY FOR TRANSPORTATION, STUDENT LOANS OR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WAGES HAVE STAGNATED WHILE CEO PAY HAS SKYROCKETED WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE ECONOMY IS STRONG, MY QUESTION IS STRONG FOR WHOM? STRONG FOR THE WEALTHY WHO ARE REAPING REWARDS FROM TAX CUTS THEY DON’T NEED? THE AMERICAN ECONOMY NEEDS TO BE A DIFFERENT KIND OF STRONG STRONG FOR THE SCIENCE TEACHER

SPENDING HER OWN MONEY TO BUY SUPPLIES FOR HER CLASSROOM STRONG FOR THE SINGLE MOM THAT IS PICKING UP EXTRA HOURS SO SHE CAN AFFORD HER DAUGHTER’S SOCCER CLEATS MICHIGAN INVENTED THE MIDDLE CLASS IF THE ECONOMY DOES NOT WORK FOR WORKING PEOPLE, IT JUST DOES NOT WORK WHO FIGHTS FOR HARD-WORKING AMERICANS? DEMOCRATS DO THE DEMOCRATS PASSED A LANDMARK BILL ON EQUAL PAY ALSO, GROUNDBREAKING LEGISLATION TO GIVE MEDICARE THE POWER TO NEGOTIATE LOWER PRICES FOR AMERICA’S SENIORS AND FAMILIES THOSE THREE BILLS AND MORE THAN 275 OTHER EYE PARTS AND THOSE ARE JUST GATHERING DUST ON SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL’S DESK SENATOR MCCONNELL, AMERICAN NEED YOU TO MOVE THOSE BILLS MEANWHILE, DEMOCRATS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE GETTING THINGS DONE TOM WOLF IS EXPANDING THE RIGHT TO OVERTIME PAY IF YOU ARE ON THE CLOCK, YOU DESERVE TO GET PAID THEY ARE WORKING TO GIVE HARD-WORKING TEACHERS ARRAYS SPEAKING OF THE CLASSROOM, TONY EVERS LOWERED SCHOOL FUNDING BY $65 MILLION IN COLORADO, FREE ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN IN 29 STATES, THEY HELPED PASS MINIMUM WAGE HIKES AND LAWS THAT WILL HELP LIFT PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY THAT IS STRENGTH THAT IS ACTION DEMOCRACY TAKES ACTION I AM SO INSPIRED BY YOUNG PEOPLE THIS IS A WORLD THAT IS LITERALLY ON FIRE WITH FIRE IN THEIR BELLIES TO PUSH LEADERS TO FINALLY TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE THEY TAKE ON ROADS FILLED WITH POTHOLES WITH SOME SHOVELS AND SOME DIRT SOMETIMES IT FEELS LIKE THEY ARE THE ADULTS IN THE WORLD — IN THE ROOM IT SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY IT IS NOT THEIR MESS TO CLEAN UP IT IS OURS THE CHOICES WE MAKE TODAY CREATE THEIR REALITY TOMORROW YOUNG PEOPLE, I AM TALKING TO YOU AND YOUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS DEMOCRATS WANT SAFE SCHOOLS WE WANT EVERYBODY TO HAVE A PATH TO A GOOD LIFE A FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY — YOU CAN GO TO A FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY WITHOUT DROWNING IN DEBT WE WANT YOU TO LIVE HOW YOU LOVE AND LIVE AUTHENTICALLY AS YOUR TRUE SELF WE WANT WOMEN TO HAVE AUTONOMY OVER OUR BODIES YOU WANT OUR COUNTRY WELCOMING AND EVERYONE’S VOTE COUNTED 2020 IS A BIG YEAR IT IS THE YEAR THAT MY DAUGHTER WILL GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL IT IS ALSO THE FIRST YEAR SHE WILL PASS HER FIRST BALLOT THE TWO THINGS ARE CONNECTED WALKING ACROSS A GRADUATION STAGE IS AS IMPORTANT AS WALKING INTO THE VOTING BOOTH FOR THE FIRST TIME HER FUTURE, ALL OF OUR KIDS FUTURES TO BE DETERMINED NOT JUST BY THEIR DREAMS BUT BY OUR ACTIONS THERE IS SOMETHING THAT EACH OF US, NO MATTER OUR PARTY SHOULD DEMAND THE TRUTH MATTERS FACTS MATTER AND NO ONE SHOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW IT IS NOT WHAT THE SENATOR SAID IT IS ABOUT WHAT THEY DO THAT MATTERS REMEMBER, LISTEN TO WHAT PEOPLE SAY BUT WATCH WHAT THEY DO IT IS TIME FOR ACTION GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS ARE COUNTING ON US LET’S NOT LET THEM DOWN THANK YOU FOR LISTENING, GOD BLESS AMERICA GOOD NIGHT [APPLAUSE] >> THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE FROM GRETCHEN WITMER A REMINDER THAT THE SPANISH-LANGUAGE RESPONSE BY VERONICA ESCOBAR, A CONGRESSWOMAN FROM EL PASO IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE AT C-SPAN.ORG

THE NEW YORK TIMES HEADLINE THIS EVENING SAYS STATE OF THE UNION LIVE UPDATES — TRUMP ADDS REALITY SHOW FLOURISHES TO THE STATE OF THE UNION WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE? >> I THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY FUNNY THAT YOU SAID THAT THE NEW YORK