“I don’t see eye to eye with President (Donald) Trump and Republicans in Congress on many points,” she stated at the start of her three-minute speak. “However I firmly consider that folks do not ship their elected representatives to Washington simply to squabble; they ship us right here to get issues accomplished. So the place we’re capable of determine areas of widespread floor, and the place the president is prepared to work in good religion, I and lots of of my colleagues stand able to work with him.”
She started with a problem the place she stated was settlement: “skyrocketing prices of prescribed drugs.”
Sitting in entrance of doorways that appeared to point out the U.S. Capitol within the background, and an American flag and books behind her, she famous that Trump talked about drugs prices in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night time, and that Democrats have launched proposals to push the costs down.
“Republicans have refused to place sufferers earlier than income,” she stated. “They should work with us so as to deal with this concern.”
She additionally stated she may help Trump’s plan to spend $1.5 trillion on infrastructure, things like roads, faculties and hospitals. “If the president commits to creating a critical funding from the federal authorities, he’ll have a companion in me and lots of of my Democratic colleagues. But when the plan that President Trump and Republicans in Congress unveil is little greater than a giveaway to large corporations that stand to make big income, you’ll be able to rely us out.”
Smith stated that Trump talks an excellent recreation, however often doesn’t again up that with motion. And, she stated, he often has left Democrats out of discussions.
“Mr. President,” Smith stated, “Democrats stand able to work with you. However in case you are unwilling to work with us in good religion, know that we cannot again down from a struggle.”
Smith might get different excessive-profile gigs as Democrats attempt to maintain onto the Minnesota Senate seat. State Sen. Karin Housley of St. Mary’s Level is the one Republican challenger up to now within the 2018 election..