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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Statement on Presidential Address to Congress

Mar 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) released this statement following the presidential address to a joint session of Congress:

“The Administration and I share vital goals. We agree that we need to ensure every veteran gets the care they have earned and deserve; we agree that we need to provide our service members with the tools they need to get the job done; and we agree that we need to lower the cost of health insurance for folks who are still struggling to afford it, like many of our farmers and those folks who've been hit hard in the individual marketplace.

But populism without a plan isn't leadership, and unfortunately, the address lacked significant policy detail and specific plans on how to move forward. That said, it is clear that we don't agree on how to move forward with improving our health care system. The answer is not to tear it down without offering a sound plan to replace it. Instead, the answer is to build upon the gains of the Affordable Care Act by repairing the parts where folks are falling through the cracks.

As we move forward with the business of governing, I hope that we can set aside politics and work together to find common ground on comprehensive solutions to the serious issues we are facing as a nation.”