Washington, DC – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, we looked back on President Trump’s second year in office, and unfortunately, it was another year filled with broken promises.

“The President denigrated immigrants, who have been the backbone of our economy, he reiterated his support for a tax bill that stole billions of dollars from the middle class in order to enrich the top 1%, he bragged about his rush to destroy our environment, and he espoused an incoherent foreign policy.

“As the Chairwoman of the VA Health Subcommittee, I was particularly concerned by his failure to lay out a plan tonight to address very serious issues facing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including implementing the VA MISSION Act, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, and electronic health record modernization — one of the largest information technology modernization projects in our nation’s history.

“Looking to the future, despite the President’s repeated broken promises, I remain hopeful that we can work to uphold the promise we’ve made to our veterans, to invest in our infrastructure, to work on immigration and border security policy that reflects our values as a nation, to strengthen our democracy through increased voter participation, and to recognize that we must act urgently to protect our environment for future generations.”