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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Congressman Andy Harris’ Remarks on the State of the Union

February 6, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) made the following remarks after President Trump delivered the annual State of the Union address:


“The president hit a home run in his State of the Union address. He rightfully took credit for our booming economy that saw an addition of 304,000 jobs in the last month alone — and the addition of 600,000 manufacturing jobs since he took office.

He acknowledged the incredibly important role of legal immigrants in this country, but he also pointed out the importance of securing our borders against illegal immigration. Just last week, CBP had its largest fentanyl drug bust at the southern border, capturing enough fentanyl to kill 57 million people — that’s enough drugs to kill the entire population of Maryland nine times over. With the added scourge of human trafficking and gang movement across our border, the president made it clear border security will occur under his watch — with or without Congress.

And for too long, the American people have been burdened by staggering prescription drug prices. I agree with the president that we must remain committed to lowering overall costs while improving quality of care — and most importantly, saving more lives from devastating diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. But he also stressed that socialism won’t work in America — and a Medicare-for-all system is doomed to fail.

Finally, he pointed out the greatness of this nation, and our destiny to lead the world for the cause of good. We truly all have to work together to keep America great.”

For media inquiries, please contact Congressman Harris’ Washington, DC office at 202-225-5311, or contact Julia Nista at Julia.Nista@mail.house.gov.

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