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Sen. Schatz Comments on ‘First 100 Days’

May 2, 2017, 8:09 AM HST
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President Donald Trump’s official portrait from Wikimedia Commons.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) delivered the Weekly Democratic Address on April 28, 2017, on the eve of President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

Sen. Schatz outlined the broken promise after broken promise President Trump made to the American people and how he has not only failed to improve life for America’s working families but has made things worse, stated a press release from Sen. Schatz’ office.

“This week marked the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency and it was unlike anything anyone has ever seen before,” said Sen. Schatz. “From the nominations of unqualified cabinet secretaries like Betsy DeVos and Scott Pruitt, to the failed attempt at banning Muslim refugees from our country, this administration and this Congress have governed with cruelty and have broken every promise they made to the American people.”

A full transcript of the address follows:

“Hi, I’m Senator Brian Schatz from Hawai‘i.

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“This week marked the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, and it was unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. From the nominations of unqualified cabinet secretaries like Betsy DeVos and Scott Pruitt, to the failed attempt at banning Muslim refugees from our country, this administration and this Congress have governed with cruelty and have broken every promise they made to the American people.

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“During the campaign, we heard the president promise he would keep jobs here at home, buy and hire American, and hold countries like China accountable for their unfair trade practices. But as president, Donald Trump has proposed deep cuts to job training programs, refused to label China a currency manipulator and has done nothing to stop companies from outsourcing jobs.

“To get elected, Donald Trump promised “health insurance for everybody” but what we saw was an attempt to strip 24 million people of their healthcare. What we saw was an attempt to impose an age tax that would have allowed insurance companies to charge you more as you got older for your health insurance.

“As a candidate, Donald Trump promised time and time again to “drain the swamp.” But he has filled the swamp in his first 100 days. He has done the opposite, filling his administration with lobbyists and friends. And his conflicts of interests and the ongoing investigation into his Russian ties continue to cast a shadow over his administration and its policies.

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“President Trump made a lot of promises to make life better for working- and middle-class Americans. But when he proposed his first budget, it was clear his priorities are making life better for the rich, not for every day Americans.

“The American people expect bipartisan compromise from the president and the Congress. But unless the president changes his approach and reaches out to the Democrats, the next 100 days will be just like the first: a series of broken promises to the families of America.”

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