Maryland senators weigh in ahead of State of the Union address


President Donald Trump will be on Capitol Hill tonight as he will deliver his second State of the Union.

The theme for President Trump’s address: “Choosing Greatness.” The President’s speech was originally scheduled for January 29, but was canceled by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who cited the ongoing shutdown. Lawmakers said they have heard Trump will discuss bipartisanship and cooperation. We were able to speak to some our local leaders ahead of his speech.

“We are always stronger when we are together, in unity,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). “But, the congress has the responsibility to act as an independent branch of government of check and balance in our system. So, it will be interesting to see how the president will deal these issues.”

“You have to look at people’s last words and their past record and this President, by all accounts has been a very divisive president,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), “That is the way he ran his campaign. That is the way he has run the first two years of his presidency, so count on me as skeptical.”

Senator Van Hollen’s special guest for tonight’s State of the Union is Lila Johnson. Johnson is from Hagerstown, Md. She is a general cleaning services contractor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for over 20 years.

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