“Tonight’s address was long on platitudes and warm, deserving tributes to Americans who have overcome great struggles and made incredible sacrifices, but lacked the detailed plans and a thoughtful vision to bring this Country together.   Great leaders don’t stoke fear, they inspire confidence and the actions taken by this Administration in recent weeks are invoking genuine concern in my Western New York district and across the country.

“Taking away healthcare, building walls, attacking hard-fought civil rights, catering to Wall Street influence, abandoning our allies and allowing for the pollution of air and water – these are not the accomplishments I want for my country or my community.

“In the United States of America facts matter, accountability matters, and policies that seek to satisfy the greater good of all people matters.  Generations before us toiled to lay the foundation for this good and generous nation.  We must not forget the sweat, tears and sacrifices that have contributed to a more perfect union as we continue the fight to do better each and every day.”